BREAKING NEWS: Nine new faces enter the Melton Council chamber

Among the new faces elected onto Melton Borough Council are Tina Culley (Ind) and Peter Faulkner (Con) who will both represent the town's Egerton ward EMN-150805-143522001

Among the new faces elected onto Melton Borough Council are Tina Culley (Ind) and Peter Faulkner (Con) who will both represent the town's Egerton ward EMN-150805-143522001

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There are nine new councillors on Melton Council - eight Tories and an Independent.

None were more surprised than taxi driver Peter Faulkner, who was voted in on Melton Egerton ward.

Shortly after the result was announced, at the count at the Market Tavern, Mr Faulkner said: “It was a big surprise. Five weeks ago I wasn’t even planning to stand in the election.”

The other seat in the ward was also taken by a newcomer - Independent Tina Culley, who has been a leading voice on residents’ action group RAGE.

Melton Warwick will now be represented by new councillors Tom Greenow and Julia Hurrell, who are both Conservatives.

Solicitor Tejpal Bains (25) took one of the three Melton Sysonby seats - all are now held by the Tories.

Mayor of Melton-elect Jeanne Douglas retained her Melton Craven seat and she will be joined by fellow Conservative Tracy Beaken, who was standing for the first time.

The other new councillors are Tories Margaret Glancy (Melton Newport), Alan Pearson (Melton Dorian) and Leigh Higgins (Somerby).

More to follow.