Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart 'will work in the best interests of Milton Keynes'

    Milton Keynes MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have responded to calls from the Milton Keynes Labour Party to stand against a Conservative-DUP deal.

    Cllr Hannah O'Neill, Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council and the Labour candidate for Milton Keynes South, yesterday called for the two City MPs to reject any deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

    Although the Conservatives secured the largest number of seats at 318, they will need to secure a deal to remain in government and reach the target of 326 seats to form a majority. The DUP currently have 10 MPs.

    Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: "Now more than ever the country needs stability and certainty as we embark on Brexit and beyond. The election returned a hung parliament which means we have to work with other parties to provide that stability for the foreseeable future."

    "Mine and Iain's role is to ensure Milton Keynes has the strongest voice possible in Parliament and that is what we will deliver."

    Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, added: "The DUP will not be a part of the government and any deal will not mean compromising on issues such as LGBT rights which is a touchstone issue for me."

    "Mark and I will always work in the best interests of Milton Keynes and the rest of the UK."

    No formal confidence and supply agreement has yet been reached between the two parties, with talks expected to continue this week.

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