A former Penwortham town and borough councillor has been elected as the new Cheadle MP.
Mary Robinson, who was elected to the Howick and Priory ward in May 2007, stood down from her responsibilities in South Ribble to fight for the seat.
On Thursday night she won the Cheadle election for the Conservatives with a 6,453 majority over outgoing Liberal Democrat Mark Hunter.
Speaking after her win, Mrs Robinson said she was “Truly delighted that the people of Cheadle constituency have placed their trust in me, the Conservatives and David Cameron. Thank You.”
During her time in South Ribble politics she was chairman of the South Ribble Conservative Association and her community work involved being a primary school governor, instigating Penwortham’s first Christmas Market and re-establishing a police base in the community after the station’s closure.
She is the mother of four grown-up children, and set up and ran an accountancy practice with her husband, former Councillor Stephen Robinson, before going into business with her daughter.
At the time Mrs Robinson announced she was quitting her parish and borough roles, she was criticised by fellow councillor Keith Martin for “abandoning her voters”.
Mrs Robinson hit back, saying: “I think it’s quite sad that he’s taken the political line, but he’s entitled to his opinion.
“The people of Penwortham know I have worked hard for them and South Ribble over the past six years.”