Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council is the local council of the Borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The borough is divided into 19 wards, electing 57 councillors.

Milton Keynes Council
Third of council elected three years out of four
Arms of Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes Council Logo
Council logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor of Milton Keynes
Cllr Sam Crooks, Liberal Democrat
since 15th May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Peter Marland, Labour and Co-op
since 26th May 2014[1]
Chief executive
Michael Bracey
since 26th October 2018
Structure
Seats57 councillors
Milton Keynes Council composition
Political groups
Administration (23)
     Labour (23)
Confidence and Supply (15)
     Liberal Democrats (15)
Other parties (19)
     Conservative (19)
Meeting place
Civic Offices, Milton Keynes
Website
milton-keynes.gov.uk
Footnotes
Labour Party minority administration with Liberal Democrat confidence and supply (but not coalition)

History

The council was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 as the Milton Keynes District Council, under Buckinghamshire County Council. The council was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the District of Milton Keynes on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Milton Keynes Borough Council and to annually appoint a (ceremonial) Mayor of Milton Keynes.[2][3]

It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Milton Keynes as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Buckinghamshire County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1997 when the district council gained responsibility for services that had been provided within Milton Keynes by the county council. On becoming a Unitary Authority, the council renamed itself Milton Keynes Council.

Powers and functions

The local council derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Milton Keynes is within a non-metropolitan area of England. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority and is responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal. The council also appoints members to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel, both of which serve the borough.

Political control

One third of the council is elected each year for three years, followed by one year without election. Since 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[4]

Party in control Years
Labour 1996–2000
No overall control 2000–2002
Liberal Democrats 2002–2006
No overall control 2006–present

Since May 2014, the Labour Party has held office as a minority administration. Since the 2018 local elections, the Conservative Party hold the most seats but failed thereafter to gain support from either of the other two parties so as to form an administration. The Labour Party continues in office with confidence and supply support from the Liberal Democrats.

Technology facilitation

In recent years, the Council has promoted the Milton Keynes urban area as a test-bed for experimental urban technologies. One of these projects is the LUTZ Pathfinder pod, an autonomous (self-driving) vehicle built by the Transport Systems Catapult. Trials took place in Milton Keynes in 2016.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ "CMIS > Councillors". milton-keynes.cmis.uk.com.
  2. ^ "District Councils and Boroughs". Hansard 1803–2005. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 28 March 1974. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Table III(a)". Local Government in England and wales. a Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. pp. 15–109. ISBN 0117508470.
  4. ^ "Milton Keynes". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  5. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (11 February 2015). "This is the Lutz pod, the UK's first driverless car". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. ^ Davies, Rob (11 October 2016). "Self-driving car tested for first time in UK in Milton Keynes". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

External links

1998 Milton Keynes Council election

The 1998 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 27

Liberal Democrat 19

Conservative 4

Independent 1

1999 Milton Keynes Council election

The 1999 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 27

Liberal Democrat 19

Conservative 4

Independent 1

2000 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2000 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 20

Conservative 8

Independent 1

2002 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2002 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000. The Liberal Democrats gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2003 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2003 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 27

Labour 16

Conservative 7

Independent 1

2004 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2004 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 27

Labour 16

Conservative 7

Independent 1

2006 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2006 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council to no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 23

Labour 15

Conservative 13

2007 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2007 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council – the seats contested in the 2003 election – was up for election and the council remained under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 22 (–1)

Conservative 15 (+2)

Labour 13 (–1)

Independent 1

2008 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2008 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council – the 17 seats contested in the 2004 election – was up for election and the council, which totalled 51 seats, remained under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 21 (–1)

Conservative 20 (+5)

Labour 10 (–4)

2010 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2010 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council – the 17 seats contested in the 2006 election – was up for election and the council, which totalled 51 seats, remained under no overall control. An extra seat in Stony Stratford was also contested.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 24 (+3)

Conservative 17 (–3)

Labour 9

Independent 1

2011 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2011 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council – the 17 seats contested in the 2007 election – was up for election and the council, which totalled 51 seats, remained under no overall control.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 21 (+4)

Liberal Democrat 18 (–4)

Labour 9

Independent 3

2012 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2012 Milton Keynes Council election took place on Thursday 3 May 2012 to elect members of Milton Keynes Unitary Council in Buckinghamshire, England. One third of the council – the 17 seats contested in the 2008 election – was up for election and the council, which totals 51 seats, was under no overall control in advance of and after the vote. 7 of the Conservative Party's 21 seats were up for election, 4 of the Liberal Democrats's 17, 2 of the Labour's 9 and all 4 Independents.

After the election, the composition of the council was:

Conservative 20 (–1)

Labour 16 (+7)

Liberal Democrat 15 (–2)

Others 0 (–4)One Liberal Democrat had become independent between the 2011 and 2012 elections.

2014 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2014 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Milton Keynes Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The whole council (57 seats) was up for election due to a re-drawing of boundaries and an increase from 51 councillors. The council was under no overall control in advance of and after the vote.After the election, the composition of the council was:

Conservative 18

Labour 25

Liberal Democrat 13

UK Independence Party 1

2015 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2015 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Milton Keynes Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2016 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2016 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Milton Keynes Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2019 Milton Keynes Council election

The 2019 Milton Keynes Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Milton Keynes Council in England. This election was held on the same day as other local elections.

David Lloyd (police commissioner)

David Lloyd is a British Conservative Party politician and financial adviser. Since 2012, he has been the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire Constabulary. He was a member of Milton Keynes Council in the 1990s and has been a member of Hertfordshire County Council since 2001.

Milton Keynes Council elections

Milton Keynes is a unitary authority in Buckinghamshire, England. Until 1 April 1997 it was a non-metropolitan district.

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