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Last night Milton Keynes Council’s annual meeting elected the Leader and Cabinet who will lead the authority for the next year at least. Labour group leader Councillor, Pete Marland, continues as leader of the council and 7 Labour Councillors form his Cabinet.

The elections on 5 May 2016 decided which 20 local people would join those elected in prior years to become the 57 Councillors that will govern Milton Keynes Council for the next two years.  The 57 Councillors, who divide into Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative party groups, take various responsibilities each year to ensure that the council performs all of its legal, civic and other functions, to decide policy and to oversee the work of the social workers, highways engineers, housing officers, librarians, etc. that the council employs.

Milton Keynes council has a Leader and Cabinet who carry out the executive functions of the Council and bring the biggest decisions, such as setting the full budget, to the full council of 57 members for agreement. Councillor Pete Marland (Wolverton ward) was already elected as Council Leader last year and as the Council remains a Labour minority administration he continues in that position. The full council has to agree which Councillors form the cabinet and that is what happened last night along with the other business of the annual meeting. 

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Councillor Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group (Woughton & Fishermead ward) continues as Deputy Leader of the Council with responsibility for “Housing and Regeneration” which includes the housing revenue account, homelessness, landlord services, community safety and equalities.

The other members of the Cabinet are:

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Councillor Rob Middleton (Wolverton ward) with responsibility for “Resources and Innovation”.  This includes the finances and budget for the council, Council tax and benefits, performance, commercialism, procurement and internal functions such as Human Resources and property, the MK Development Partnership and Local Government Shared Services.

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Councillor Liz Gifford (Stony Stratford ward) with responsibility for “Place” which includes strategic planning, economic development, business growth, transport, culture, skills, voluntary and community groups, parish partnerships, Libraries and events.

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Councillor Martin Gowans (Bletchley East ward) with responsibility for “Public Realm” which includes waste and recycling, highway maintenance, street lighting, cleansing and signage, landscaping and energy.

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Councillor Mick Legg (Bletchley West ward) with responsibility for “Customer Services” which includes Development Control services, licensing policy, regulatory services, bereavement services, environmental health and customer service improvement.

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Councillor Nigel Long (Bletchley West ward) with responsibility for “Health, Wellbeing and Adults” which includes Adult social care, preventative services, health partnerships, public health, safeguarding adults and improving mental health services

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Councillor Zoe Nolan (Loughton and Shenley ward) with responsibility for “Children and Families” which includes safeguarding, children’s social care, corporate parenting, fostering and adoption, schools and partnerships, youth services and Children’s Centres.

 

Councillors were also elected last night onto the various committees, panels and commissions that are needed for the Council to function, including the non-political functions concerned with planning and licensing and the council’s representatives on the fire authority.  Full details of the council structures, the Councillors and their responsibilities are on the MK Council website: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk

Labour confirm leadership team for MK Council

Last night Milton Keynes Council’s annual meeting elected the Leader and Cabinet who will lead the authority for the next year at least. Labour group leader Councillor, Pete Marland, continues...

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Labour Councillor Steve Coventry from Woughton and Fishermead ward has been elected as the Mayor of Milton Keynes for the 2016-17 year.

Councillor Steve Coventry, who was the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes in 2015-16, was unanimously elected as the new Mayor at a meeting of the full council on 18 May 2016.

Steve is the first Mayor from Woughton and Fishermead ward and has represented that area on MK Council for 21 years.  He has also been a Parish Councillor, School Governor and involved in other community and voluntary groups in the ward.

As Mayor, Steve will be Milton Keynes' "first citizen" for the next 12 months and will represent MK and the council at a very wide range of events and occasions. The Mayor also chairs the meetings of the full council.

Each year the Mayor chooses a charity for which they will fund raise during their mayoral year and Steve has chosen the Redway special school which is located on Netherfield within his council ward.

 

Steve Coventry is Mayor of Milton Keynes

Labour Councillor Steve Coventry from Woughton and Fishermead ward has been elected as the Mayor of Milton Keynes for the 2016-17 year.

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Labour to continue as Minority administration at Milton Keynes Council

The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in Milton Keynes have come to a formal agreement that ensures MK Council can have clear and consistent leadership over the next two years.

Although the Labour Party came out as clear winners in the 2016 elections with 36.25% of the vote and 10 out of the 20 seats which were up for election, the overall position on the Council is now 22 Labour, 22 Conservative and 13 Liberal Democrat Councillors meaning Labour and Conservative groups are of equal size. This is because the Conservatives had won more seats in previous years.

Following discussions, both Labour and Liberal Democrat parties recognise that for the good of Milton Keynes there needs to be a clear leadership of the Council, especially in the difficult times caused by central government cuts.  The Liberal Democrats have therefore agreed to support Labour continuing as the Council’s administration.

This is not a coalition and the Liberal Democrats will continue as an opposition party, scrutinising how the Council works.

Labour will continue as a minority administration and implement our manifesto.

The Liberal Democrats will offer formal support that allows us to continue as a Labour minority administration, deliver our manifesto, pass a budget, approve Plan:MK and importantly, agree a new a Council Plan.

Labour will, will in turn, deliver the progressive policies of the Liberal Democrats on which we agree such as housing, homelessness and public transport.

Existing Labour Group Leader Pete Marland will be re-elected as Leader of the Council and will appoint a Cabinet of Labour Councillors to continue to deliver Labour’s policies.

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Councillor Douglas McCall, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Cllr Pete Marland, Leader of the Labour Group sign the agreement in the Council chamber

Councillor Pete Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council said:

“Our two political parties have decided to work together on the things that matter to the people of Milton Keynes and to ensure strong, stable leadership of MK Council at a vital time for our City.”

He continued:

“MK is a great place to live, but with Tory cuts and other challenges we want to keep it that way as we approach our 50th Birthday in 2017. This agreement means we can get on with delivering the services people want and tackle some of our issues as a place.”

He concluded:

“People want to see politicians working together for the benefit of the city, not fighting over issues they mainly agree on to score points. We can disagree but be constructive and I’m looking forward to getting on making a difference in MK as Labour leader of our great City.”

The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are now agreeing ways of working that ensure the Council can operate effectively under this arrangement, for example having confidence in being able to set a budget, develop Plan:MK, and deliver a Council Plan and this will be formally agreed and announced at Council meetings.


Read More:

MK Labour manifesto:  http://www.mklabour.org.uk/manifesto

MK Liberal Democrat manifesto: http://mklibdems.focusteam.org.uk/2016/04/18/mk-liberal-democrat-manifesto/

Read the agreement here.

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