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Incoming Chair, John Orr, thanks outgoing officers, representatives and coordinators for their efforts. Labour members gather at AGM to select team for 2018/19.

 

New Milton Keynes Labour Party Chair John Orr said:

“I‘d like to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to outgoing Chair, Paul Day, for all his hard work for the Party over the last few years. Paul has guided the Party through exciting times as our membership tripled and as we added 20,000 Labour votes in the snap 2017 General Election. Paul’s dedication and commitment has been second to none.”

John, who had previously been Vice-Chair Membership, praised all members who depart from the Executive Committee:

“We’ve been lucky to have had such an exceptional range of talents and contributions across the Party this year. Everyone has played their part including all of our Officers. Rachel Pallett has done an outstanding job leading our campaigns work. Veronica Belcher has kept our finances on a sound footing as Treasurer. I’m thrilled outgoing women’s officer Shammi Akter is now one of our newly elected Councillors and I thank Margaret Burke for her dedicated input as Secretary.”

The new Executive Committee are scheduled to meet for the first time on June 21st. Newly elected officers include Councillor for Stony Stratford, Jennifer Marklew, who takes on the role of Vice-Chair Membership. Tom Welch, elected as Secretary, and Parker Pemberton elected as Women’s Officer. Katelyn Burns was elected as treasurer and James Barrett takes on the role of Vice-Chair Campaigns.

Paramount for the new committee will be the current by-election in Bletchley East, the 2019 council elections where Labour will be looking to make gains across the city, and preparation for the next General Election.

 

See the full team here:

www.mklabour.org.uk/local_team

New Executive Committee for 2018/19

Incoming Chair, John Orr, thanks outgoing officers, representatives and coordinators for their efforts. Labour members gather at AGM to select team for 2018/19.  

Long standing councillor Gladstone McKenzie was given a rapturous reception by the Labour members who gathered at its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16 June.

Gladstone McKenzie was the only person to receive the Merit award for his dedicated services over many years to the local community, he continues to serve, and to the wider Labour and trade union movement.

Bletchley councillor Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration said,

“I can think of no other person in my 31 years as a councillor who deserves the merit award more, and there have been a lot out outstanding councillors. But everyone knows Gladstone, he is thoroughly decent and a team player par excellence.”    

Bletchley Parish Council chair Cllr Veronica Belcher added, “I have known Gladstone for many years and he has a record of community work and helping people second to none. He also steered the West Bletchley parish council through its early years, helping it become the success it is in working for the residents of West Bletchley.”

Cllr Long concluded, “I now want to see Gladstone become an Alderman. I think he is a great example of Milton Keynes councillors at their best.”

Long serving Councillor presented with Merit Award.

Long standing councillor Gladstone McKenzie was given a rapturous reception by the Labour members who gathered at its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16 June.

Labour Council Leader Pete Marland has responded to the concerns of residents and intervened to keep Bracknell House open as a wedding venue.


The council will also actively work with the community to find a permanent community use for the Grade Two listed building.

Other registry office services will move to Saxon Court which is more accessible for wheelchairs and prams, as well as, being easier to access by public transport.

“I have listened to residents and they told me that they want to continue to have the option to get married at Bracknell House as a lower cost, intimate venue,” said Pete Marland, Leader of the Council.

Pete confirmed that, “Saxon Court will also remain available for larger weddings, giving people affordable options for their special day.”

Community campaigner Emily Darlington who is standing for Labour in the council by-election in Bletchley East said, “I am really pleased that Pete has listened to what residents are saying and has intervened. The day you tie the knot is a day you remember forever. I'm so pleased that people will be able to keep using Bracknell House to celebrate their special day".

Despite £144m in cuts to the council budget from central government, Labour have protected this precious community asset. It comes at a time when councils across the country are having to undertake significant cuts to services.


 

Bracknell House to remain open

Labour Council Leader Pete Marland has responded to the concerns of residents and intervened to keep Bracknell House open as a wedding venue.

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