So the news is out. This weekend, Julian Ware-Lane was re-selected to fight Milton ward in next May’s elections.
Frankly, I would have been astounded at anything other than the unanimous backing he received from a room full of Milton Labour members. Before Julian started campaigning in Milton it was a solidly Conservative ward. Within two years he had turned it into a marginal. In 2014 Cheryl Nevin won it with a thumping majority of more than 250. And in 2015 Gray Sergeant was dreadfully unlucky not to make it a hat-trick of Labour victories — something which was down more to the general election than to any deficiency in Gray’s campaigning.
So Julian will contest for a second term. One which, as a Milton resident, I can say he richly deserves. In the three and a half years he has been a Milton councillor, he has led on local issues that the Conservatives preferred to ignore, and I’m sure he must have knocked on very nearly every door in the ward.
Knowing how hard he works, how hard he campaigns, I am certain of a Labour victory in Milton next May. Julian will have my vote.