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Local MPs Continue Push For Milton Keynes City Status With Letter To Minister Steve Barclay

Local MPs Ben Everitt and Iain Stewart have continued their push for Milton Keynes to finally get city status by writing to Cabinet Office Minister Steve Barclay.

Last year, following the Government announcement of a city status competition for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 Ben and Iain quickly called on Milton Keynes Council to put forward a bid.

The MPs both contributed to the Council’s application to the competition which has their full backing and have now sent a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster outlining the reasons Milton Keynes, which recently celebrated its 55th birthday, should become a city.

Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “I’m so proud to be the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North and our ‘new city’ deserves to finally become an official city.

“Despite being just 55 years old Milton Keynes has played a huge part in the history of the United Kingdom with Wolverton Works being the country’s first purpose-built railway town and Bletchley Park playing such a huge role in the Second World War.

“And we have such an exciting future, there’s so much innovation going on in MK like our delivery robots, our e-scooter trials, our autonomous car trials and businesses involved in space exploration.

“Milton Keynes deserves to become a city and I will continue to champion our cause in Parliament.”

Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, commented: "Milton Keynes is a uniquely wonderful place to live, work and play, and I am proud to be representing it in Parliament.

"I have been campaigning and lobbying for Milton Keynes to get City Status for a long time, and this letter to Steve Barclay is another push from Ben and me to get MK the recognition it deserves!"

38 places across the UK and British Overseas Territories including Reading, Blackburn, Boston, places as close-by as Northampton and as far afield as Stanley in the Falkland Islands have applied for city status.

The final decision will be taken in spring 2022 and announced shortly afterwards as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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