Luigi Reale and Louise Whatham were the two Labour candidates for Castle ward in the Borough Council election on Thursday 2 May. Sadly they were not elected.
Luigi was first elected to represent Castle ward in 2015 and in that time has gained a huge reputation for being an excellent ward councillor, showing how much he cares about the ward and gets things done.
You can follow his achievements on his Facebook page and Twitter.
Louise has lived in Bedford for over ten years and is very active in the community including taking part in litter-picks, maintaining flower beds and trees.
Louise is a mother of two school-age children and is a involved with the PTA and organising social events that reduce isolation in older people and bring communities together. She previously ran two playgroups in Bedford and believes that having a place where parents can go with young children helps the adult and child integrate within the community and form important friendships and networks.
Louise says, ” The environment is a top priority for me and I will support Bedford Council’s initiatives to reduce their impact on the environment and be responsible for pushing through initiatives that reduce our impact on the planet.
"I am passionate about social mobility and helping people to reach their potential. I believe that where we live affects how we feel and what we do, and I want Castle Ward to be a great place to live and work."
Louise has played an active role in Castle Ward with Cllr Luigi Reale and is involved with the Women's Groups in Bedfordshire and has helped to organise events to train women in public speaking and campaigning.
She said, "I have a good knowledge of local and national government procedures and I have previously worked in The House of Commons and for two different MPs, and for The Local Government Association. "
Louise is a recent graduate of the Jo Cox leadership programme, which encourages women into leadership.
She is determined to use her skills and enthusiasm to help make Castle Ward a pleasant place to live, work and visit.