New deputy leader for Milton Keynes’ Liberal Democrats

Councillor Ric Brackenbury elected as deputy leader of MK Lib Dems
Councillor Ric Brackenbury elected as deputy leader of MK Lib Dems

A new deputy leader of the local Lib Dems has been elected.

Councillor Ric Brackenbury takes over from Stuart Burke who lost his seat in Shenley Brook End in this month’s local elections.

Mr Brackenbury, who represents Campbell Park and Old Woughton, said: “I am delighted to have been elected, but sorry that there was a vacancy in the first place after Stuart lost his seat.

“Being deputy is about supporting the leader and working in partnership. I think there is a lot of power with that because Milton Keynes has a hung council, where no party has overall majority.

“In fact the largest group has never been smaller so we have a real influence in future decisions for Milton Keynes.”

In the council elections on May 8, the Conservatives gained four seats, while Labour lost three and gained one. The Lib Dems remained on 12 seats despite losing a vacant seat they previously held.

Looking ahead to the future, Mr Brackenbury said: “We were very disappointed not to make gains in wards we worked very hard in, but we had a difficult time nationally.

“I do not think our group will be palling up with the other two parties. We tried that nationally and it didn’t work out so well.

“We want to maintain a distinctive Liberal voice and vote on issues of growth, infrastructure and the environment, as well as protecting MK’s vulnerable people.”