New Mayor Keith McLean: “I will do all I can for Milton Keynes”

Councillor Keith McLean is to be elected as the next Mayor of Milton Keynes
Councillor Keith McLean is to be elected as the next Mayor of Milton Keynes

The new Mayor of Milton Keynes will be sworn in during a mayor making ceremony tonight.

Conservative councillor Keith McLean says he is “extremely excited” to take on his new role having been deputy mayor for the past year.

Mr McLean said: “It seems to have crept up rather quickly, but I am extremely excited to become mayor.

“During my time as deputy, I have met exceptional people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing exceptional things.

“My job now is to take the people’s view of the mayor back to what it once was. I want to help charities, businesses and residents of Milton Keynes.

“Anything I can do to promote MK, I will be there.

“We are a town now, but the questions is when will we become a city.”

A vote of thanks will be given to current mayor Derek Eastman during the council’s annual meeting in the chamber.

Councillor Eastman was elected as mayor earlier than expected when his Lib Dem colleague Subhan Shafiq was forced to resign over a scandal.

It emerged Mr Shafiq had personally vouched for a convicted rapist to become a taxi driver. He stepped down just four months into the role.

Mr McLean added: “Derek has done an absolutely fantastic job.

“He did not have the benefit of being deputy for a year, but he took everything in his stride.”

From 8pm tomorrow evening Mr McLean will not only become Mayor of Milton Keynes, but he will also be in charge of chairing the council meetings.

Speaking to the Citizen about how he plans to whip all 57 councillors into shape, Mr McLean said: “There are one or two in the council who are hellbent on trying to make mischief, who will try to score inappropriate points against some of their fellow councillors.

“But my job is to make sure we work closely together. We have to - there is only one seat between the main parties.”