THERE is a new face leading the campaign to Milton Keynes’ city status bid.
Former Mayor Debbie Brock was chosen unanimously by Cabinet colleagues this week to become the face of the city bid as the Council received official confirmation from Government that Milton Keynes will be considered in The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee competition.
Council Leader Andrew Geary said: “During her year as Mayor, Debbie became a very well known face around Milton Keynes and beyond, and as an excellent ambassador for the Borough we feel it’s fitting to put her high profile to good use here.”
Cllr Brock added: “I feel very proud to have been chosen for this role.
“Milton Keynes is a city in all but name to the many thousands of people who live and work here.
“We all know MK is a fantastic place, combining a vibrant centre for business, leisure and culture with thousands of acres of parklands and green space, as well as picturesque towns and villages.
“We’re the youngest place to bid for city status, but in so many ways have the most to offer residents and visitors.
“I’ll be spreading the message about why Milton Keynes deserves city status until we hear the result – hopefully successful – in 2012.”
Milton Keynes MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart are also backing the bid, and will be lobbying Government Ministers on behalf of Milton Keynes during the decision making process.
Her Majesty the Queen makes the final decision on which town or Borough will receive city status, advised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform Mark Harper. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics Media and Sport is responsible for coordinating the Government’s involvement in the Diamond Jubilee.