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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HOW WOULD YOU CUT YOUR DEFICIT, MR. MILIBAND?

Conservative Co-Chairman Sayeeda Warsi has congratulated Ed Miliband on narrowly winning the Labour leadership election.

She called on the new leader to recognise his role in creating the financial mess that Britain is now in and tell us what he’d do to fix it.

Sayeeda said, “For the past five months, all we’ve heard from Labour is knee-jerk opposition, now’s the time for Mr Miliband to tell us how he’d cut the deficit. He promised us a Labour spending plan before the spending review, now we’d all like to see it.”

And she added, “Ed Miliband wasn’t the choice of his MPs, wasn’t the choice of Labour Party members but was put in to power by union votes. I’m afraid this looks like a great leap backwards for the Labour Party.”

Sayeeda’s comments came after a dossier was published that showed massive black holes in the spending commitments of both Miliband brothers.

The dossier, by Conservative MP Matthew Hancock, showed that both Ed and David Miliband had made massive unfunded spending commitments during the Labour leadership campaign, in which they also opposed the Coalition government’s actions to deal with Labour’s record deficit.

Both Miliband brothers had committed to £44bn worth of deficit reduction but were unable to make their sums add up, opposing individual cuts and making extra spending commitments. The shortfall in David Miliband’s spending plans added up to £55bn, while brother Ed’s was even greater at £67bn.

Read Sayeeda’s exclusive blog post by clicking here.

Read more about the Milibands’ spending black hole by clicking here.

OSBORNE BUDGET SETS OUT TO CLEAR UP LABOUR’S DEBT

ASHTON METROLINK EXTENSION TO GO AHEAD & SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE PROTECTED

ABOVE: GEORGE OSBORNE LEAVES 11 DOWNING STREET TO DELIVER HIS ‘FIRM BUT FAIR’ BUDGET

Commenting on today’s emergency budget, Cllr. John Bell, the Tameside Conservative Leader, said, “This is a firm but fair emergency budget, designed to drag the country back from the brink of financial oblivion. In just 13 years Labour took our wealthy nation and built up the largest national debt in our history. Their massive deficit has to be cleared up without delay.

“Despite the massive burdens we now face, George Osborne’s budget protects the most vulnerable members of society, with tax cuts for nearly one million low paid workers and spending on the NHS and education protected.

“Capital schemes, such as the Metrolink extension to Ashton, have also been retained. The Metrolink extension will bring much needed investment and jobs to Tameside through its construction and future inward investment.”

Cllr. Bell concluded, “I simply have no time for any criticism from Labour politicians until they spell out the action they would have taken to cut the debt. It is their mess, and once again it is left to a Conservative Chancellor to clear it up.”

CONSERVATIVES PLEDGE TO FREEZE COUNCIL TAX & DELIVER VALUE FOR MONEY

“A Tameside Conservative administration would have rid the council budget of Labour’s waste, and saved council taxpayers over £5.4 million in the last two years – equivalent of up to £45 and £135 off each household’s current yearly Council Tax bill.”

Tameside Labour has wasted millions on failing services and pet projects. We will end this waste of taxpayers’ money.

In the last two years, Tameside Conservatives have identified waste in every aspect of the Labour budget, such as:

  • £803,000 to be spent on public art;
  • £948,000 to be spent on increased propaganda; and
  • £200,000 for the Council Cabinet’s political contingency fund. 

A Tameside Conservative administration would have rid the council budget of Labour’s waste, and saved council taxpayers over £5.4 million in the last two years alone – equivalent of up to £45 and £135 off each household’s current yearly Council Tax bill.

In comparison, under Labour rule, Tameside Council has:

  • Increased your Council Tax bill by five per cent in just two years;
  • Closed Tameside Hippodrome;
  • Increased funding for council propaganda;
  • Embarked on a £803,000 programme of street art;
  • Hiked car park charges; and,
  • Increased the cost of bulky household removal.

Year-on-year your Council Tax goes up to pay for Labour’s waste, but do your basic services improve?

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Freeze Council Tax by ridding the council budget of waste.
  • Offer a discount to households with one or more occupants over the age of 65.
  • Publish on an annual basis ALL expenses, not just some, claimed directly or indirectly by councillors.
  • Freeze councillors’ allowances.
  • Ensure that every service area only spends what it needs to, not what they are given.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • Lower Council Tax and more value for money with the Conservatives; or,
  • Increased Council Tax and waste with Labour.