Milton Keynes MP rejects chance to join MKFM levelling up debate with Labour candidate – MKFM 106.3FM
Credit: MKFM / An empty chair awaiting Iain Stewart MP
MKFM hosted the Milton Keynes South MP and Labor MP for a live debate after it was revealed the city had failed in its application for university funding.
MKFM have invited MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart and Labor candidate Emily Darlington to the studio for a live debate following recent disagreements over funding.
Last month it was reported that Milton Keynes had lost a multi-million dollar bid to create a new university for the city.
An offer was submitted in 2022. Milton Keynes City Council and Cranfield University had joined forces with the government’s Leveling-up Fund to provide a home for MK:U, a new university focusing on high-tech skills.
Despite support from the city council, local MPs and other regional partners, the application did not receive any funding.
After the news, Labor councilors questioned why the city had not received the bid, with Labor leader of Milton Keynes City Council Cllr Peter Marland stating that “Milton Keynes appears to be suffering repeatedly,” the council leader also stated that he felt that Milton Keynes ‘did not seem to have any Members capable of making our arguments at Westminster’.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, responded that the reason for the unsuccessful bids was the “quality of Labour-Ran Council’s bid”, adding that it was “not at the level of other councils’ bids”. has been filed throughout the UK”.
MK City Council cabinet member and Labor Parliament candidate for Milton Keynes South Emily Darlington took to social media to call out the Conservative MP. She said: “Iain Stewart is caught being dishonest and failing our city once again. I wonder what did he deliver for Milton Keynes South?’
MKFM invited both parties to a live debate to discuss the issue on-air.
Iain Stewart MP replied to MKFM that he would “let his record of lobbying for Milton Keynes investment speak for itself” and declined the opportunity to discuss the unsuccessful offer of funding.
MKFM was told he would focus on working in Parliament and the constituency rather than “indulging in the political games that his opponents want to play”.
Emily Darlington responded by telling MKFM: “After 13 years as MP for MK South, Iain Stewart is afraid to defend his record in public. I think that speaks volumes.
“MK people deserve better from their MP. If he changes his mind, I’d be more than happy to discuss him on MKFM.”
Not to copy a national news provider, but MKFM will replace Iain Stewart with a salad if the invitation remains declined.