The Liberal Democrats have totally lost the plot on the whole Cllr David Clues situation. The Willesden and Brent Times are now reporting that the Councillor who has been living in Brighton since December 2011 will step down in November so that his post can be held with the next set of elections – LINK
The next elections will be in May 2014.
On Dispatches, it was revealed by Cllr Clues that his allowances have been channelled to the Brent Liberal Democrats.
The Lib Dems cry about election costs to the taxpayer but in 2012, we called for him to resign and have the elections held on the same day as the May London 2012 elections – LINK
Instead, the Lib Dems chose to do nothing and accept this standard of Councillor commitment.
I can reveal that the whip has also failed to act with no response received to date on the email pictured below.
What a load of yellow mess. The Lib Dems should publicly apologise for this shameful situation.
I’ve blogged before about the curious activities of the Brent Liberal Democrat conniving promotion tactics and the con tricks they use here LINK. This is becoming usual practice when it comes to the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Dollis Hill by-election Alison Hopkins.
Here I blogged about how the Lib Dems use her and plant her in stories in the local press as a “local resident” when she is a known activist for Nick Clegg’s Party as she even stood as a Council candidate in the 2010 Brent local elections as a Liberal Democrat candidate – LINK.
Well it seems a quote from the Lib Dem was planted as coming from a “resident” in late February, when leaflets were going around in Dollis Hill Ward promoting Alison Hopkins.
The Willesden and Brent Times have since realised this and pulled the quote from the online version of the article – but obviously it is impossible to amend printed versions of the article. They have sorrily explained that they did not know at the time she was a known local Lib Dem activist.
I was absolutely dismayed at the level of hypocrisy shown by the Brent Liberal Democrats and Brent Tories at the Full Brent Council meeting this week. I tabled a motion at the meeting reading, “This Council condemns the £104 million cut to Brent’s Budget over the spending review period”, which Brent Liberal Democrat and Brent Tory Councillors failed to support.
While appearing to fight for local services they have adopted a peculiar position of apparently supporting the Coalition’s chosen method of cutting public spending which has led to more cuts to Brent’s Central Government grant than in other Councils.
There are two main arguments floating around as to why we have a large public debt. In short, one that it was a global economic crisis that led to a collapse of the banking system meaning that the Government had to borrow to stimulate the economy, bail out the financial sector and lost out on projected tax revenue income. The second that Labour public spending was out of control and is to blame for the country’s deficit and deficits of USA, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Germany, France and many more, which we have to pay for now.
Regardless of what line of argument you believe, I thought that all Councillors of all parties would be unified in condemning the scale of cuts to Brent compared to other Boroughs.
Even if you believe that the scale of cuts is necessary nationally and that the debt should be tackled within one Parliament (The Coalition Government’s original plan A on the economy), is it fair that Brent Council has to make cuts in the region of 27-28% of our controllable budget whilst other Councils are not being hurt as bad as Brent? Brent is losing out on £73 per resident whereas Guildford faces a cut of £10 a person and Richmond £5.39 a person.
If Brent Tory Liberal Councillors do blame Labour for creating the deficit, do they believe that people in Brent caused the recession more than residents from other areas and therefore should be made to pay and suffer more?