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Labour comes top in MK elections

The people of Milton Keynes went to the polls on Thursday 5 May 2016 and showed that Labour is their first choice.

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There were simultaneous elections held for seats on MK Council, several of the Parish Councils and for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner.  Voting took place in every part of MK.

Milton Keynes Council

Labour party came out top in these elections with 36.25% of the vote and 10 out of the 20 seats which were up for election.

Labour won in the following wards:

  • Bletchley East (2 seats)
  • Bletchley Park
  • Bletchley West
  • Central Milton Keynes
  • Loughton and Shenley
  • Stantonbury
  • Stony Stratford
  • Wolverton
  • Woughton and Fishermead

The successful Labour team included two former Councillors, Elaine Wales and Martin Petchey returning to the Council in Bletchley Park and Stantonbury wards respectively.  In Stony Stratford ward, Charlie Wilson was elected to his first Council seat.

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Newly elected Councillors Martin Petchey, Charlie Wilson and Elaine Wales

Despite the support for Labour this year the Council is now 22 Labour Councillors, 22 Conservative Councillors and 13 Liberal Democrat Councillors as only one third of the seats were up for election this year. The leadership of the Council will be decided as Council meetings later this month.  As there are no scheduled elections for MK Council in 2017 it is likely whoever leads the council from May will do so for at least two years.

Police and Crime Commissioner

In the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour’s candidate Laetisia Carter was the first choice of MK residents receiving 36.82% of the first preference votes. Once votes from the rest of the Thames Valley Police area were added Laetisia was in second place overall. After the second preferences of the other candidates’ supporters were reallocated the election ended with Labour in a strong second place. 

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The final result of 46% against the Tory candidate’s 54% in this election was a +3% increase for Labour since the PCC was first elected in 2012.

Parish Council elections

Labour is by far the party most connected to local communities and also had a total of 31 Councillors elected to Town and Parish Councils across Milton Keynes this year.

More information:

Full results and detailed voting analysis of Council elections are available on Milton Keynes’s council’s website: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/your-council-and-elections

Police and Crime Commissioner election results and analysis are available on the PCC election website: http://thamesvalleypccelection.co.uk/

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