CONSERVATIVES: CLEARING UP THE MESS WHILE LABOUR PUT THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND

 

Tameside Conservatives are out and about in the borough delivering their latest leaflet, showing the ridiculous stand taken by Labour – to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the mess they left after 13 years of mismanagement and waste in Government. 

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LABOUR IS… NEVER HAVING TO SAY SORRY FOR THE DEBT

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.”

LET’S END LABOUR’S ‘JOBS FOR THE BOYS’ CABINET SYSTEM

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.”

Floyd continued:

“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.”

CUTS ARE LABOUR’S LEGACY TO TAMESIDE

BUT COALITION GOVERNMENT PROTECTS FUNDING FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

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CHANCER OF THE EXCHEQUER – ALISTAIR DARLING AND LABOUR WASTED BILLIONS OF POUNDS OF TAXPAYERS’ CASH AND THEN PLANNED TO CUT PUBLIC SPENDING BY 20-25% IF LABOUR HAD WON THE GENERAL ELECTION.

Cuts to public spending are the direct result of Labour’s wasteful years in Government. That was the message driven home by Cllr. John Bell at Tuesday’s State of the Area Debate.

The Tameside Conservative Leader slammed the Governments of Blair and Brown for leading Britain to the brink of bankruptcy, and leaving David Cameron’s Government with the largest deficit in peacetime history.

And he defended the cuts that are now being made to public spending by citing the economic crisis that is gripping Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, warning that Britain could be next.

Cllr. Bell, who has been warning the Council for over three years about over-spending, said, “Labour left us with a disastrous legacy. Who can forget Liam Byrne’s two-fingered farewell note to the Treasurey, in which he wrote, ‘there’s no money left… good luck!’?”

“Make no mistake, these cuts are Labour’s cuts. It’s their legacy to Tameside and to Britain.

“If we were to carry on down Labour’s path in five years time we would be spending £70 billion-a-year on the country’s debt interest alone – more than education, transport, and the environment.”

To jeers from Labour councillors, he retorted, “Until you come up with your own credible plan, instead of naval gazing about your leadership problems, you have no right to attack the Government’s actions.

“Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. You planned to raise VAT. Alistair Darling cut £23 billion of public spending, and you planned to cut public spending by 20-25 per cent if you’d won the election. But now you oppose every cut, and refuse point blank to set out your alternatives. You demand a plan B from us, but you don’t have a plan A.

“So, as with all Labour Governments, it is left to the Conservatives to pick up the pieces.”

Cllr. Bell went on to outline Conservative commitments to protect spending for vulnerable residents, including:

  • More money for adult social care;
  • More money for affordable and decent homes;
  • More money for the supporting people programme;
  • Retention of free and concessionary travel on public transport for pensioners; and,
  • More flexibility for the Council to spend its money and the services that mattered.

Cllr. Bell said, “Tameside Council will have greater control over spending with the ending of ring-fencing in many areas.”

He also outlined the Government’s financial commitment to allow local authorities to freeze council tax. “We will be interested to see how you will handle this one at budget time,” he commented dryly.

Cllr. Bell concluded, “The emphasis for Tameside Council in future years must be creativity and innovation, fundamentally re-examining every aspect of the way we work, maximising efficiency and productivity with our partners, whilst bringing down the excessive pay of senior managers.”

TORIES SAVE ASHTON METROLINK EXTENSION

THE METROLINK IS FINALLY COMING TO ASHTON!

(Photograph by Dr. Neil Clifton & reproduced by kind agreement from Wikimedia Commons.)

Tameside Conservatives are celebrating, after the new Conservative-led Coalition Government saved Ashton’s Metrolink extension.

The extension – which Labour had failed to build in 13 years of Government – was threatened with the axe after Gordon Brown’s Government had taken the country to the brink of bankruptcy.

However, the new Government announced that the extension would be built, putting an end to over a decade of Labour dithering.

Ashton Conservative, Dr. Paul Buckley couldn’t contain his delight. He said, “What wonderful news!

“After the mess the last Labour government left the country in – with a deficit of a whopping £168bn – it was predicted the Metrolink expansion would be shelved to help save money and balance the books. However, despite Labour’s scaremongering throughout the election the Conservatives are committed to Tameside, improving the economy and lives of all the people who live here.”

Dr. Buckley continued, “The Conservatives started the Metrolink system in the early 1990s – now we are taking the service to a new level. Along with the decision to finish the M60 ring road through Tameside in the early 1990s the Conservatives have improved the transport infrastructure and prosperity of Tameside immeasurably.”

He concluded, “Thanks to everyone who fought to keep the Metrolink expansion on the right track Tameside has a healthy future ahead.”

WHERE YOUR MONEY WAS SPENT LAST YEAR

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(Source: The Guardian)

The Guardian have, this week, produced an excellent ‘atlas’ that illustrates UK Government spending in 2008/09.

In the week, that Gordon Brown finally admitted that Labour would have no choice but to cut public spending, the atlas shows exactly where he spent taxpayers’ money in the last 12 months.

An incredible £620.685bn was spent, including a staggering 49,891 per cent increase in the cost of the Treasury – which snatched an additional £85.5 billion from taxpayers’ pockets to prop up failing financial institutions.

The atlas also illustrates the scale of Gordon Brown’s borrowing, with Britian’s interest on its debt now costing taxpayers £24.1 billion-a-year – up seven per cent on the previous year, and almost as much as the Home Office (including policing) and the entire transport system combined. 

To take an audio tour of the UK spending atlas please click here.