Lib Dem Deputy attacks local record of Labour Council
Date: 29/04/2012. Story submitted by: ShaffaqM Lib Dem
Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, joined Lib Dem councillors in Sheffield on Sunday to highlight more than £4m of wasteful spending by Labour in Sheffield.
The figures were revealed while Labour Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman, visited the city, in a desperate attempt to defend Labour’s record on Sheffield City Council.
The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party turned down to opportunity to debate with Simon Hughes live on Radio Sheffield.
Local Lib Dem councillors are campaigning to save Sheffield’s weekly bin collections, vital recycling services and local dementia homes, placed under threat of closure by Labour councillors.
Senior Sheffield Labour councillors have argued that no money is available but figures released today show a staggering £4.2m of wasteful spending. In addition to this, Labour councillors turned down extra funds from the Government to help save Sheffield’s weekly bin collections.
Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leaders of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Labour needs to understand that elections are about priorities: protecting essential services and helping the most vulnerable. Whatever the financial circumstances, councils like Sheffield and others across the country run by Labour are making things worse by investing in the wrong priorities – spending millions refurbishing town hall meeting rooms whilst cutting dementia care.
“Liberal Democrats across the country are standing on a record of making the right calls for their communities in difficult times while Labour is trying desperately to turn attention away from their own records because they can’t defend their terrible local record of slashing key services.
“Instead of justifying plans to cut services unnecessarily, Harriet Harman should be asking her Labour colleagues what they are doing to tackle wasteful spending.”
Address: Pinstone Street Sheffield S1 2HH
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