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The Conservatives have hit back at Labour’s gutter-like campaigning against the Conservative-led Government’s attempts to cut the debt left by the last Labour Government.
Following weeks of pathetic attacks by Labour politicians with their heads in the sand, local Conservatives have been putting them firmly in their place.
READ ABOUT LABOUR’S 13 YEARS OF WASTE AND DEBT IN GOVERNMENT, CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.
In one letter to the local press, Dave Westhead, the Chairman of Ashton-under-Lyne Conservatives, wrote:
“The cuts that have to be made are Labour’s cuts – a direct consequence of its economic policies which brought this country to the verge of bankruptcy.
“You only need to look at Ireland to see what would have happened without action. Nobody has yet seen an apology for the mess they left.
“Labour did not leave a “Golden Legacy” but rather burdened every man, woman and child with a debt of over £22,500 pounds which costs £120million a day in interest.
“What did [local Labour politicians]… do to lessen this debt locally? The answer is nothing, they continued increasing your council tax and spending your money on any pet project that sounded good, examples of this are: £36,000 on a Virtual Town scrapped because nobody used it; £10,000+ on a You Tube channel watched by 63 people; and, over £5,700 on an iphone application. Not really good examples of prudence.
“I notice that they will not tell you how Labour would deal with the massive debt burden, that is because they have no idea, either locally or nationally other that to deny it exists.
“Indeed, they feel that it is their right to be allowed to carry on taxing you and then spending the money any way they see fit.”
BOROUGH WAS UNDERMANNED DURING LABOUR’S YEARS OF GOVERNMENT
The number of police officers for Tameside is to be increased from April onwards, after it was revealed that the borough has been undermanned for several years – thanks to the last Labour Government.
From the 1st April, an extra 15 police officers are to patrol Tameside’s streets following an audit of police numbers across Greater Manchester, which revealed that not enough police officers had been stationed in Tameside after 13 years of Labour Government.
Tameside Conservatives welcome the additional officers to Tameside, and look forward to the increased efforts to reduce the high crime figures.
The Conservative-led Coalition Government has delivered a Council Tax freeze for Tameside.
The news was announced at tonight’s meeting of Full Council.
In the forthcoming year Council Tax will not increase thanks to grant money provided by the Government.
It is the first time since 1979, when the Conservatives controlled Tameside Council, that Council Tax (or formerly, the rates) has not increased in Tameside.
For the last two years, the Conservatives have proposed Council Tax freezes in Tameside, but these were rejected by the ruling Labour Group. Now, thanks to a Conservative-led Government, Tameside residents will finally receive the Council Tax freeze they deserve.
Fat Cat Labour hike Council Tax again! (24th February 2010)
Conservative Council Tax freeze rejected by Labour (26th February 2009)
FLOYD PATERSON: LABOUR’S ‘JOBS FOR THE BOYS’ CABINET IS COSTING TAMESIDE £326,000-A-YEAR
As Labour continues to refuse to apologise, or acknowledge the financial mess they left the country in, Denton Conservatives have highlighted the ‘jobs for the boys’ system that has been created in the higher echelons of the controlling Labour Group on Tameside Council.
Twenty-one members of the Labour Group now hold a cabinet position of one variety or another, after it was enlarged last May, which will cost Tameside council taxpayers approximately £326,000 in 2010/11 – an increase of almost £95,000 since 2003/04.
In a direct response to comments made by Labour councillor, Dawson Lane, Denton West’s Conservative spokesman, Floyd Paterson, said:
“Councillor Dawson Lane claims Tameside Council are going to lose £100 million and states that Tameside Council can’t, ‘…make up the differences with so-called efficiencies’.
“Cllr Lane also states that he is Tameside’s ‘assistant executive member for sports and leisure’.
“This is a role that was created last May in an enlarged Labour cabinet system that now includes 12 cabinet members and nine assistant executive members. This means that almost half the entire Labour group of 47 members now have paid cabinet positions of one grandiose type or another.”
“The growing cost of Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ cabinet system is clear to see. In 2003/04, Labour’s cabinet cost Tameside’s taxpayers £232,180 in ‘special responsibility allowances’. In 2010/11 it is expected to cost £326,859 – a staggering increase of £94,679 (or 41 per cent) in just seven years.
“Cllr. Lane has done well out of the system. His wife, Cllr. Jackie Lane, is also an assistant executive member.
“So, before Cllr. Lane bleats about supposed ‘cuts’ maybe he should be thankful for his place in Labour’s system of political patronage. Or better still, he should do the decent thing by putting frontline services before his own pay packet and demanding an end to Tameside Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ system.”
There was double good news for the British economy this week, as new figures showed record growth in manufacturing output, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) backed the Coalition Government’s plans for reducing the deficit.
GOOD NEWS #1
UK manufacturing in January expanded at its fastest pace since records began in 1992, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), whilst employment in the manufacturing sector also rose at its fastest pace in 19 years, beating expectations.
David Noble, Chief Executive Officer of CIPS, said, “UK manufacturing steamed ahead in January as the sector continues to expand quicker than even the most optimistic amongst us could have predicted. As well as improved market conditions abroad, demand in the UK market also showed signs of growth. This is the much needed kick start to 2011 everyone in the sector was hoping for.”
GOOD NEWS #2
Further good news for the economy was delivered by the IFS, which backed the government’s strategy for putting the public finances back on a sustainable footing.
In its green budget, the think tank warned that delaying the plan, as Labour calls for, could undermine investor confidence in Britain. Any fiscal loosening could push up interest rates and be ‘ineffective’ in helping the economy.
The IFS said it, “…continued to believe that aiming to complete the fiscal repair job in one parliament is a sensible strategy as it should be more credible with international investors than a plan that involves tightening in a future parliament.” Instead, the think tank backed the OECD and the Bank of England in saying that the government should stick to its course.
The IFS said, “Any fiscal loosening aimed at helping the economy could be ineffective if it prompts an offsetting monetary tightening, and risks undermining investor confidence that the remainder of the fiscal consolidation plan, in which the Chancellor has set such store, will be delivered.
“Having set out his fiscal consolidation plan, it is important that Chancellor George Osborne resist the temptation to engage in any significant net giveaway in the Budget.”
Campaigners for the return of Stalyhill’s school crossing patrol have launched a website:
The website includes the following:
- Latest news on the campaign, including press articles and a podcast that was aired on Tameside Radio;
- Reasons why Stalyhill needs a school crossing patrol, and why they should have a patrol;
- Posters to download; and,
- Simple ways in which parents, relatives and friends can help the campaign.
The website also includes a link to an online petition, which is running concurrently with the paper petition which over 300 people have so far signed.
Tameside Conservatives are supporting this campaign, so please visit the website and do your bit to safeguard the safety of local children.
HE DOESN’T KNOW HIS RIGHT FROM HIS LEFT: ED BALLS’ CONTRADICTORY POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS
In a rush to respond to the disappointing GDP figures today, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls raised more questions than he answered about Labour’s economic policy.
Mr Balls insisted that he stood by “every paragraph” of a speech he made last summer in a pitch to become Labour leader – despite last week ditching his principles to get the Shadow Chancellor job.
Speaking at Bloomberg in August 2010, Ed Balls rejected Alistair Darling’s plan to halve the deficit over four years. Instead he set out new tax rises including a mansion tax and revising down the 50p rate of income tax to everyone earning more than £100,000.
Last week, however, Balls promised Ed Miliband he would adopt the Darling plan, which would consolidate the public finances at a faster pace and make spending cuts starting this year.
Michael Fallon, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman, said that Mr Balls was confused about Labour policy. He said, “Ed Balls had to ditch his economic plan to get the Shadow Chancellor job, but it has taken only five days for him to become confused about what Labour’s policy is.
“Ed Balls cannot escape his record. He was at Gordon Brown’s side when Labour maxed out the nation’s credit card and burdened our children and grandchildren with billions of debt.”
- Ed Miliband brings Balls into line over ‘deficit denial’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Ed Balls: ‘Deficit enthusiast who should apologise for economic mistakes’ (dailymail.co.uk)
- Ed Balls accepts need to cut deficit in this parliament (guardian.co.uk)
GIVE US OUR LOLLIPOP LADY BACK! CLLRS DAVID BUCKLEY AND BASIL BEELEY (back row, sixth and fifth from right) WITH PARENTS AND CHILDREN CAMPAIGNING TO GET THEIR CROSSING PATROL RETURNED
Over 270 parents and friends of the school have so far signed the petition urging Tameside Council to reinstate the patrol at the junction of Mottram Old Road and Hereford Way, which was withdrawn before Christmas when the schools’ lollipop lady left the role. Parents were informed that she would not be replaced due to ‘government cuts’, despite Tameside Council having a budget of approximately £300,000-per-year to fund road safety initiatives, and national criteria stating that the schools are entitled to a crossing patrol in order to safeguard children’s safety.
Campaigners argue that the lack of a school crossing patrol is endangering children’s safety, goes against the council’s very own safer walking to schools initiatives, and is causing increased congestion on Hereford Way. In addition, they are upset that Tameside Council still has money to waste on non-essential items such as Britain in Bloom and the Tameside Citizen council newspaper, and that there are other crossing patrols located at permanent pedestrian crossings across Tameside. The nearest pedestrian crossing to the Stalyhill schools is over a mile away.
Since the crossing patrol was withdrawn, the Junior school has seen increased instances of lateness caused by parents dropping their children off closer to the school, which has resulted in increased congestion. There has also been a minor car accident caused by the high volume of traffic.
Stalybridge Conservatives have been working with campaigners, collecting signatures for the petition and lobbying the council to change its mind.
Stalybridge South Conservative councillor, David Buckley, said, “What comes first, children’s lives or cuts? These people are not paid the earth, this crossing covers two schools and it is one cutback that shouldn’t happen.”
Sign the petition!
An online petition has been set up to run concurrent with the paper petition, and members of the public wanting to sign it can do so by clicking here.
SECURING A BETTER FUTURE FOR TAMESIDE’S ELDERLY TENANTS
Tameside Council is one of 50 local authorities set to receive a share of a £13 million Coalition Government grant, which will help older tenants struggling in large properties to relocate to homes they can enjoy.
The news was announced this week by Housing Minister Grant Shapps, who confirmed that older tenants struggling in Tameside to manage and heat their large family homes will have a dedicated officer to find them smaller properties more suited to their needs.
The Minister argued that this will give these people the key to finding a home they can enjoy, not endure – and can give them the security and dignity they deserve.
Ministers are clear that they will not force people to move – but want to provide a helping hand to those wanting to do so.
England has 430,000 under-occupied social homes – where tenants have two or more bedrooms more than they require. In many cases, these properties are occupied by elderly tenants whose children have since grown up and moved out. With more room than they actually need, many of these residents can become prisoners in their own homes, finding it a struggle to look after and heat the properties that are now too big for them to manage.
Tameside is one of 50 councils with the highest number of managed homes, and they will be able to use the money as they see fit to better meet the needs of their tenants, with measures such as:
- A dedicated officer to help find residents a suitable new home;
- A moving service to help tenants with every aspect of moving, from joining them on viewings to organising packing and removal services; and,
- Handymen to decorate and make repairs to their new home, including putting up shelves and installing white goods.
Mr Shapps also outlined how he is looking to back all councils across the country with a dedicated new national action team based at the Chartered Institute of Housing, available to offer practical support and advice to those councils looking to help tenants wanting to move.
He said, “Older people can become the victims of their own changed circumstances, as the homes they have lived in for years become places to endure, not enjoy. As children grow up and fly the nest, these tenants can often find themselves trapped in larger family homes that no longer meet their needs.
“That’s why I’m giving these residents the chance to start a new life in a new home that better meet their changing needs. Fifty councils from across the country will get a share of £13million to boost their efforts to make it easier for those wanting to downsize to do so.
“With a quarter of a million families in overcrowded accommodation and 1.8million households languishing on waiting lists, this will also help unlock larger family homes that are in such high demand.”
Sarah Webb, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said, “There are over four million social homes across England and these are incredibly important to current and future tenants, communities and tax-payers. They provide a stable platform from which millions of families are able to find work, send children to school, and contribute to their local neighbourhoods.
“With millions more people looking to secure a council or housing association house we need to ensure we are making the most of the homes we’ve got – this is just as important as building new housing.
“That is why CIH is delighted to be working with government to deliver this practical help to support people who want to move to a new home that better suits their changing needs and aspirations.”
JOHN BELL (centre) WITH FELLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Tameside Conservative Leader, Cllr. John Bell, recently met with Prime Minister David Cameron at a reception hosted at 10 Downing Street, and discussed the Government’s proposals to give more power to councillors and local residents in Tameside.
The Government’s Localism Bill will lay the foundations for the Big Society by radically transforming the relationships between central government, local government, communities and individuals. It aims to strengthen local democracy by handing new powers down to councils, establishing powerful new rights for local people, overhauling the planning system, as well as making housing decisions fairer and supporting local businesses.
Commenting, Cllr. Bell said, “It was an honour to visit Downing Street and to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss the positive changes the Government are making to the way local councils are run. By putting an end to the hoarding of power within central government and the top-down control of communities, they will allow local people the freedom to run their lives and neighbourhoods in their own way.”
Stalybridge Conservatives are backing a campaign by Stalyhill Junior and Infant Schools to have their school crossing patrol reinstated.
The patrol was withdrawn before Christmas, when the schools’ lollipop lady left the role. Parents were informed that she would not be replaced due to ‘government cuts’, despite national criteria stating that the schools are entitled to a crossing patrol in order to safeguard children’s safety, and Tameside Council still having money to waste on non-essential items such as Britain in Bloom and the Tameside Citizen council newspaper.
The campaign was launched this morning with a team, that included Stalybridge councillors David Buckley, Basil Beeley and Doreen Dickinson, collecting signatures in the pouring rain for a petition that has been organised calling for the reinstatement of the crossing patrol.
An online petition has also been set up, and members of the public wanting to sign the petition can do so by clicking here.
DAVID CAMERON: LAYING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
As part of a regional tour in the North West today, the Prime Minister David Cameron set out plans to boost growth in all regions of the country and encourage local businesses and entrepreneurs to bid for money from the Government’s flagship £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Speaking in Manchester, David Cameron said:
“Getting behind tourism, green energy, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, the industries of the future – all this is crucial.
“But it would be a big mistake if we stopped at those big ticket industries. Because if you look at where growth has come from in recent years, you see that it’s the small, innovative companies that hold a lot of the potential.
“Over and over again studies show that around one in 20 companies – the small, high-growth firms – are responsible for half of new job creation. So far from ignoring the start-ups and the small players, we’re laying out the red carpet for them.”
Click here to read David Cameron’s full speech.
Tameside Conservatives would like to wish everybody a very happy New Year. For a copy of our 2011 calendar, please click on the image above or the following link: calendar 2011
BOROUGH RECEIVES FOURTH BEST SETTLEMENT IN THE WHOLE OF GREATER MANCHESTER
JOHN BELL – LABOUR SCARMONGERING AT TAMESIDE COUNCIL MUST STOP
Tameside has escaped the worst of the cutbacks, as the Coalition Government works to clear up the financial mess left by the last disastrous Labour Government.
In the next two years, Tameside Council’s revenue spending power will be cut by just 6.21 per cent, the fourth lowest cut in Greater Manchester behind Bury, Stockport and Trafford.
The news was announced earlier this week by the Department for Communities & Local Government, and the settlement is better than expected, following the near bankruptcy of the country following Labour’s 13 years in power.
The settlement ends months of scaremongering by Tameside’s Labour-controlled council and local Labour politicians.
The news now gives Tameside Council the opportunity to cut waste from its operations and deliver the best services possible for its residents, safe in the knowledge that it has escaped the worst of the cuts that are the lasting legacy to the wasteful and wasted years of the last Labour government.
Cllr. John Bell, the Tameside Conservative Leader, said, “For months the scaremongering coming from Labour has verged on the hysterical. It has been unprofessional, immature and, frankly, dishonest.
“Nobody should forget it was Labour that took us to the verge of bankruptcy and it has been left to the Coalition Government to clear their mess up. And nobody should forget that Labour planned cuts of as much as 25 per cent had they won the General Election last May. Those Labour politicians that have been decrying the financial mess we’re in are clearly in denial about the mess their Party left us in.
“It is now time for Tameside Council to get to work eradicating waste and getting the best value for every single penny it spends. At the beginning of the financial year it had £36 million of taxpayers’ cash in reserves, where other councils barely have a penny, and it has a promise of financial aid from Government to help it freeze residents’ council tax for the next two years should it choose to do so. I therefore hope that the Labour council will pull its head out of the sand, stop scaremongering and get on with the job.”
To view an area by area spreadsheet of revenue spending power please click here (Tameside MBC’s details can be viewed on line 59).
THE PERFECT READ FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Featuring 204 blank pages, this stylish A6 guide to Ed Miliband’s Policies for Britain is the perfect stocking filler. With an attractive cover starring the new Labour leader, and every one of his policies outlined in detail inside, it’s the must-have present this Christmas!
It costs just £5 – and once you’ve finished reading it, you can always use it as a notebook. All proceeds go to the Conservative Party.
To buy this exclusive guide to Ed Miliband’s policies simply click here.
ERIC PICKLES – LESS POWER FOR GOVERNMENT, MORE POWER FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
The Localism Bill heralds a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power.
Under Labour central government has become too big, too interfering, too controlling and too bureaucratic. This has undermined local democracy in Tameside and individual responsibility, and stifled innovation and enterprise within public services.
The Government is determined to fundamentally shake up the balance of power in this country. For too long, everything has been controlled from the centre, by letting councils and communities run their own affairs we can build a stronger, fairer Britain. This signals the end of the era of big government.
This Bill will see a radical shift in the balance of power and will decentralise power as far as possible. Localism isn’t simply about giving power back to local government. This Government trusts people to take charge of their lives and we will push power downwards and outwards to the lowest possible level, including individuals, neighbourhoods, professionals and communities as well as local councils and other local institutions.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, said, “The Localism Bill will herald a ground-breaking shift in power to councils and communities overturning decades of central government control and starting a new era of people power. It is the centrepiece of what this Government is trying to do to fundamentally shake up the balance of power in this country. For too long, everything has been controlled from the centre – and look where it’s got us.”
And he added, “By letting councils and communities run their own affairs we can build a stronger, fairer Britain. It’s the end of the era of big government.”
NEW WEBSITE DEBUNKS THE TUITION FEES MYTHS
A new website, debunking the myths about the proposed changes to university tuition fees, has been launched by the Conservatives – called www.factsonfees.com.
Over the past few weeks, a lot of myths have been put around about our proposals to reform tuition fees. It is time to deal with a lot of the misconceptions about these changes head on.
These proposals are fair. No one pays for their degree up front – parents don’t pay and students don’t start paying anything back until after they graduate. On top of this, no one will pay a penny back until they are earning at least £21,000. This means everyone will pay back less per month and that the bottom 20 per cent of earners will pay back less in total than they currently do.
This comes as Alan Johnson made a half-hearted conversion to support Ed Miliband’s unfair and unworkable plans for a graduate tax. Despite declaring such a system wouldn’t work just last week, the Labour Shadow Chancellor has now backed his Leader’s unfair and unworkable proposals.
Prime Minister David Cameron said about our proposals, “They will put universities on a sound financial footing and make future expansion affordable. They will create a dynamic university sector that can compete with the very best in the world.”
He added, “And because the rich will pay more and the poor will pay less, they will put fairness back at the heart of our university system.”
HYDE WERNETH COUNCILLOR’S THIRD BABY DUE ON ROYAL WEDDING DAY
ROYAL BABY JOY – RUTH WELSH WITH HUSBAND JOHN AND CHILDREN DAISY AND WILLIAM
Prince William and Kate Middleton may not be the only ones celebrating on the 29th April 2011. Whilst the second-in-line to the throne will be marrying his university sweetheart on that date, Hyde Werneth’s Conservative councillor, Ruth Welsh, could be giving birth.
Hyde’s Leading Lady of the Year is due to give birth on the same day as the Royal couple’s wedding. She is now considering Catherine as a middle name, should she have a girl.
And Ruth already has a prince William of her own – four-year-old son William.
Ruth, who also has a three-year-old daughter called Daisy, said, “I think it’s fabulous I’m due on the same day. My husband John and I are really looking forward to the day and now most of the world will be too!
“I hope baby arrives in the early hours of the 29th, so that I can watch the wedding on television.
“I am a great supporter of the Royal Family, they are the very fabric of our society and heritage, and I wish Prince William and Kate Middleton all the happiness in the world.”