Stotfold and Langford councillor will carry on husband’s work

THE widow of a late councillor has said she is both nervous and excited in being appointed as a new councillor herself.

Cllr Gillian Clarke became a Stotfold and Langford Conservative councillor in a by-election.

Mrs Clarke decided to stand after her husband Cllr Jon Clarke died suddenly at home in Langford in June.

She won the election with 1,021 votes, ahead of Labour candidate Satinderjit Dhaliwal with 446, UKIP candidate Georgious Konstantindis, 221, and Lib Dem Antony Bains, 147.

Mrs Clarke said: “I felt that my husband was so passionate about what he did and about Langford that that there should be a voice to continue with his work.”

Cllr Clarke, who has been a town clerk for 25 years, and before that was a nurse, spoke about her future plans for Stotfold and Langford.

She said: “I have not been a councillor for very long and I need to catch my breath and speak with people about some of the issues that are affecting Stotfold and Langford.”

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“I’m there to help and look forward in getting involved.”

The overall turnout for the election was 17.37 per cent.