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Lib Dems Join Running of Council as Leader Announces Progressive Alliance Cabinet

Last week, Labour and the Lib Dems united in a Progressive Alliance to run a majority administration on the Council, and now the Leader has announced the Cabinet.

Labour Councillor Pete Marland remains Leader of the Council, with Liberal Democrat Councillor Robin Bradburn the new Deputy Leader.


Councillor Emily Darlington (Labour) takes on Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, while Councillor Rob Middleton (Labour) stays with Resources.


Councillor Lauren Townsend (Labour) moves to Public Realm, and Councillor Zoe Nolan (Labour) stays with Children and Families.


Councillor Jane Carr (Lib Dem) takes on the new portfolio of Tackling Inequalities and Child Poverty.

Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew (Labour) holds Climate and Sustainability, while Councillor Paul Trendall (Lib Dem) takes on Customer Services.


Councillor Pete Marland said: “This is a diverse, talented and knowledgeable Cabinet. Together we have a wealth of experience and will be able to deliver for the people of Milton Keynes.”


Liberal Democrat Councillor Robin Bradburn said: “As we recover from the pandemic, it is more important than ever to stand side by side, and this Cabinet embodies that attitude. We are working together to make sure that our city has a prosperous, green and fair recovery.”


“I’m particularly excited about the new portfolio for Tackling Inequalities and Child Poverty. The Liberal Democrats have always been passionate about this and now, with a dedicated portfolio, we can get to work on what we promised in our manifesto – working to reduce child poverty in our city.”


The Cabinet will be formally appointed at a full meeting of the Council this evening.


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