Exclusive video: Mayor’s resignation over sexual offences scandal

Today it was announced that the Mayor of Milton Keynes Subhan Shafiq has stood down over revelations he personally vouched for a convicted sexual offender to be a city taxi driver.

The video above is of a press conference held at Milton Keynes’ Civic offices where the chief executive of the council Carole Mills and Leader of the Council Pete Marland gathered to break the news.



Lib Dem Councillor Stuart Burke and Labour Councillor Gladstone McKenzie were involved in the licensing decision to allow sexual offenders to drive taxis in the city and have also resigned from their posts, but will remain councillors.

Mr Shafiq took over from former Mayor Brian White on June 4 after supporting him as the Deputy Mayor over the last year.

Before that he was representative for Walton Park from 2010 to 2014.

When he took over as mayor this year, Councillor Shafiq said: “It’s not just infrastructure that makes a city - it is the community within and we will work to protect and grow our sense of community, for it is Milton Keynes’ greatest source of strength.”

Councillor Stuart Burke, who represents Shenley Brook End, first joined MK Council in 2002 representing Emerson Valley until 2014 when he became councillor for his current area.

He has been Licensing Committee chairman since 2010 and is also chairman for the regulatory committee as well as a member of the audit committee and budget review group.

Councillor Gladstone McKenzie, representing Bletchley Park, joined the council in 2004.

He represented Whaddon until May this year and has been vice-chairman of the licensing committee since 2011.