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Local representatives of the main political parties, including MK Labour Party, were among those celebrating Eid on Sunday 17 July only days after Milton Keynes Council voted unanimously to reject hate crime and racism.

MK Labour party welcomes and works with people of all faiths and those of no faith too.  On this occasion the city’s Muslim community met to celebrate “Eid” which marks the end of the religious festival known as Ramadan.

Milton Keynes Labour Councillor Mohammed Khan, was joined at the event by Liberal Democrat Councillor Derek Eastman and Conservative MP Ian Stewart. MK Community Foundation Chief Executive Julie Upton was also among those present. 

Cllr Khan said “The Eid event was a great success and highlights how the city values all its residents. Coming together with faith groups reinforces the desire of all parties in the new city to create an inclusive new city and supports our commitment to challenge hate crime.”

The event was organised by the Milton Keynes Bangladeshi Association.  The chair of which is Mr Abdul Hai.  Held at Sycamore Hall, Bletchley it was attended by a large number of local residents and guests including those mentioned above.

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Local representatives of the main political parties, including MK Labour Party, were among those celebrating Eid on Sunday 17 July only days after Milton Keynes Council voted unanimously to reject...

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Milton Keynes Labour Party members held a discussion about the national leadership election on Saturday 23 July and a majority of those members present, from each of the two parliamentary constituencies, voted to support Jeremy Corbyn’s nomination.

Paul Day, Chair of Milton Keynes Labour party said “As a local party we made sure we followed the national rules and gave our local members their chance to discuss and decide their collective preference for the leadership election. We had a good meeting with discussion about Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith potentially being leader of our national party after September this year.”

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The two candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP & Owen Smith MP

Milton Keynes Labour Party includes the Milton Keynes North constituency and the Milton Keynes South constituency.

After the discussion members present voted for their preference with Jeremy Corbyn winning support from 66% of members present from MK South (47 Corbyn : 24 Smith) and 73% of those present from MK North (58 Corbyn : 22 Smith). 

The supporting nominations will now be formally added to Jeremy Corbyn’s election profile. The actual vote on who is leader of the Labour Party is made after ballot papers are issued to members in August.  The leadership election continues for several more weeks before that with each candidate promoting their candidacy.

Paul Day continued “In Milton Keynes we are proud of the work our Labour Councillors are doing on MK Council and the positive difference that makes to people’s lives across our city and to MK’s future.  We all look forward to a general election, be that in 2020 or earlier, so that we can replace the two Tory MPs we currently have with Labour MPs that will stand up for Milton Keynes”

We are united in working hard for that outcome and I was really pleased to hear our members say that come the results in September they will unite behind our leader, whoever that is, and get on with supporting the important job the Labour Party does and will do for Milton Keynes and for the country.“

Notes:

i) Party members are not required to follow the supporting nomination of their local party and will individually decide to vote for either Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith when completing their ballots.

2) Results of the leadership election will be announced nationally on Saturday 24 September.

3) Full details available here (opens new window): http://www.labour.org.uk/pages/labour-party-leadership-election-2016

 
 

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Milton Keynes Labour Party members held a discussion about the national leadership election on Saturday 23 July and a majority of those members present, from each of the two parliamentary...

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£18.7 million pounds is to be invested in new Council housing. This is a key part of Labour led Milton Keynes Council,s work to create more affordable housing for local people and to address homelessness.

On Tuesday 19 July Cllr Nigel Long will approve three areas of investment in new homes:

* Area 1: Approve 7 sites for public consultation. These would deliver 76 new council houses. This will cost £12.5 million.

* Area 2: The purchase of 7 properties in Bow Brickhill. Cost, £970,000

* Area 3: Agree to the purchase of around 10 to 12 homes. Cost £2 million.

(This funding comes from the Council’s Housing Revenue Account.)

 

Homes for Vulnerable homeless households.

In addition to the investment detailed above, Labour led Milton Keynes Council will have acquired through its partner ‘The Real Lettings Property Fund’ the purchase of 11 homes by the end of July 2016. These are funded through borrowing underwritten by Council Tax.

A further 19 properties are to be purchased by the end of August 2016. These are aimed at meeting the needs of homeless households and managed by the Council’s partner St. Mungos. This will come from £3.2 million the Council has invested in the Fund.

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Cllr Nigel Long

Cllr Long said, “The Councils aim is to deliver a significant number of homes to meet local housing needs, both within the new city but also within the older towns and villages. We aim to help local people access affordable housing as well as help homeless households access good quality homes.

Asked about the partnership with the Real Lettings Agency’ Cllr Long said, “We are relaxed about how we deliver new homes. We value this partnership and it also involves a specialist provider St. Mangos who will be able to support vunerable homeless households. It is part of 300 to 400 homes we are delivering to tackle homelessness by March 2017. ” 

Cllr Long concluded, “With my decision next Tuesday we will have invested around £18.7 million since the start of the financial year. This comes from several sources and we will continue to invest through these and other appropriate routes. That is what a creative well-run Labour led Council can do.

Note: Progress made in acquiring new homes to tackle homelessness since 2015

In 2015/16 the Labour led Council identified 121 homes and delivered 121. So far in 2016/17 the Council have identified 192 homes and delivered 70 in the first quarter of the year. The Council is currently in negotiations for a further 133 homes which we want to see delivered in 2016/17.

Labour announces next phase of new £18.7 million Council Housing programme.

£18.7 million pounds is to be invested in new Council housing. This is a key part of Labour led Milton Keynes Council,s work to create more affordable housing for local...

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