Milton Keynes Council to create roles for LGBTQI+ and ethnic minority champions

Two new councillor roles, an LGBTQI+ and ethnic minority champion, are to be introduced by Milton Keynes Council this year to encourage a more equal, diverse and inclusive city.

By Olga Norford
Friday, 17th June 2022, 12:52 pm
Updated Friday, 17th June 2022, 1:57 pm

The roles will be created as part of the newly agreed Council Plan, with two councillors given the roles of LGBTQI+ and ethnic minority champions following discussions with all party Group leaders.

These champions will then attend various events across the city to provide Civic representation. The council champions will also advocate for issues that are faced by LGBTQI+ and ethnic minority communities.

Councillor Pete Marland, Labour leader of the council, said: “Having LGBTQI+ and ethnic minority champions will allow engagement among different communities and ensure their voices are represented at local government level.

"In our Council Plan we have committed to work to reduce prejudice, racial discrimination and unconscious bias because Milton Keynes should welcome and support everyone, no matter what.”

Councillor Robin Bradburn, Lib Dem Deputy Leader of the Council, added: “One of the many things that makes our city so great is its diversity. Around one in three children in our secondary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds, and 140 languages are spoken in our schools. I welcome the news that Milton Keynes Council will have an LGBTQI+ champion and an ethnic minority champion; we want to see our city and its residents promote equality and inclusivity for all.”

The Council Plan highlights the council’s corporate priorities for the next four years, and there is great emphasis on tackling social equalities.