All the latest from the Milton Keynes Council Elections
12:30pm: Councillor Mick Legg (Labour), who took control of the Denbigh ward, said: “I am absolutely delighted. The area was previously Labour but we were still mindful.
“We have worked hard over the last 18 months, as have the other parties, and this is the culmination of that. The people of Denbigh will now have a strong voice to represent them on the council.”
Councillor Paul Williams, who gained a Labour seat in Campbell Park, said: “I would like to thank those who went out in the rain to cast their vote. I am very happy but the real hard work starts now.
“We were quietly confident about the result but it is the voters who have made this decision and I thank them.”
Councillor Elaine Wales (Labour), who has been voted to represent the Whaddon ward, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into our campaign and I am really glad I have been voted in.
“This has all been worthwhile and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Across the whole country and locally we have won a lot of seats. We hope this will bring a fresher approach to the council.”
Alice Bramall (Conservative), who had previously worked for MP Mark Lancaster, was voted in on Walton Park.
She said: “This is a lot of responsibility to take on so it is time to roll up our sleeves. It is a great honour to be elected.”
The results so far mean that Labour have gained five seats, and the Lib Dems have lost one.
11:45am: Labour made major gains in the early announcements, winning in Bradwell, Stantonbury and Eaton Manor.
Councillor Pauline Wallis (Bradwell): “It feels fantastic. We have been working really hard over the last few months and it is great to get the reward of becoming a councillor. It’s so humbling when you knock on the doors and people want to talk to you. I want to be a contactable and work for the people that have voted for me.
“People are being squeezed at the moment, and I think the Labour party offer a way of changing that.”
Councillor Margaret Burke (Stantonbury): “It’s so humbling, and we’ve been working so hard – I’ve lost two stone walking around, going door-to-door! I will work for the residents who believe I am the right choice. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many people have put their faith in me.”
Councillor Alan Webb (Eaton Manor): “I’ve been a councillor with Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council for many years now, and when I heard Jan Lloyd was stepping down, I thought I’d continue her good work.
“It’s a bit daunting at the moment, thinking about stepping up to a bigger council, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
11am: Hannah O’Neill was announced as the day’s first winner as the Labour councillor held on to her seat in Woughton.
She said: “Steve Coventry told me this is the first time we have been the first ward announced so I am delighted. I am really happy to be re-elected and it feels like we are on the verge of a Labour resurgence.
“This result has come in an area that is good for Labour and being announced first takes the pressure off me personally. Now I can concentrate on supporting the other councillors.”
OVERALL TURNOUT: 29.4%
Bletchley & Fenny Stratford: 3,473 (33.51%)
Bradwell: 2,622 (29.02%)
Campbell Park: 2,842 (26.44%)
Denbigh: 1,904 (32.18%)
Eaton Manor: 1,558 (26.16%)
Emerson Valley: 3,298 (26.98%)
Loughton Park: 3,045 (24.15%)
Middleton: 3,000 (28.08%)
Newport Pagnell North: 1,781 (30.48%)
Newport Pagnell South: 1,755 (29.31%)
Olney: 2,370 (35.18%)
Stantonbury: 2,103 (31.25%)
Stony Stratford: 2,947 (31.79%)
Walton Park: 3,202 (31.519%)
Whaddon: 2,224 (34.42)
Wolverton: 3,181 (29.54%)
10am: THERE was an air of nervousness around stadium:mk as councillors were arriving as early as 8am for the count of this year’s council elections.
Campaigners put in long hours on Thursday in a bid to convince as many voters as they could to tick their box at the polls ahead of the Friday count.
Seventeen councillors await their fate as the votes get counted, with at least four new faces being inducted into Milton Keynes Council.
Councillor Jaime Tamagnini announced he would be stepping down from his role as councillor for Walton Park through illness, but said he would be back in politics soon enough.
“I’m going to stay on the edges,” he admitted. “I’m still on Walton Parish Council so I’ll still be involved.”
Councillor Tamagnini’s Lib Dem replacement could be former cabinet member Vanessa McPake, who is keen to regain her place on the council after losing her seat to Conservative Lee Barney.
Alice Bramall, the Conservative runner for Walton Park said she was looking forward to hearing the results, early expected this afternoon.
“The campaign went really well,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to hearing how we got on. We’re confident.”
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