Tory councillor’s wife bids to replace late UKIP councillor

CANDIDATE ... Fiona Milburn wants to represent the ward.
CANDIDATE ... Fiona Milburn wants to represent the ward.
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A NEW political dynasty could soon be established.

Mother-of-four Fiona Milburn has thrown her hat into the ring to become the next councillor for Cleadon and East Boldon.

Mrs Milburn’s husband, Jeff, already represents the ward for the Tories.

Now she’s hoping the pair can form a winning town hall team after the seat became vacant after the recent death of UK Independence Party representative David Potts at the age of 30.

Battle lines are already being drawn in the ward, even though a date for the poll has yet to be set.

Property landlord Colin Campbell has been announced as UKIP’s chosen candidate.

Mrs Milburn, 46, a governor at Cleadon Primary School, has pledged to tackle speeding through the villages and to fight for more community policing.

She will also seek to urge Sunderland Football Club to “tone down the awful roof” at its Academy of Light site.

Mrs Milburn last contested a South Tyneside Council seat five years ago, in Whitburn and Marsden.

She is soon to have a little more time on her hands as her youngest son, Thomas, 11, is about to move on to Whitburn Academy.

She said: “Jeff is the only Conservative councillor on the council at the moment, and it is difficult as a lone cannon to get things done.

“If elected, we’ll be both singing off the same hymn sheet, so to speak, and having two Conservatives would give the party a stronger voice and enable it to have more influence.

“I know from Jeff how much work there is being a councillor, but I’m ready for the challenge.”