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SALFORD TORIES SUPPORT LABOUR PARTY BUDGET IN ‘SURREAL’ COUNCIL VOTE
 

Star date: 28th February 2018

£11MILLION SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS BUDGET PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

In a move branded 'surreal and strange' by councillors, Salford's Conservative Party supported the ruling Labour Party budget for the next financial year at this morning's Council meeting.

Normally, the Tories provide an alternative budget but this year Tory councillor, Christopher Clarkson, said "We must all work together". The £11.2million cuts programme was approved unanimously, despite new voting technology breaking down.

Full details here...


"Surreal and strange"..."Ranking on a par with Saint Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus..." These were just some of the responses by jubilant Labour Party councillors, after Christopher Clarkson, Conservative councillor for Worsley, had announced that his party was supporting the Labour Mayor's budget this year.

Normally, the Salford Tories go through the motions of presenting an alternative budget (which always gets voted down), but there was to be nothing this year... "We must work together" said Councillor Clarkson "We have to be realistic..."

Previously, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, had proposed the budget for the financial year 2018-19, which incorporated £11.2million cuts, saying it was his "grim duty", as the city had lost £198million of funding since 2010.

Dennett listed increasing social problems in Salford created by austerity, which was a "political choice" of the Conservative Government. Deputy Mayor, John Merry, underlined the point, informing that lack of funding wasn't just affecting Salford Council but even the Tory councils of Northampton and Surrey which are now facing serious difficulties.

He added that he was pleased the Salford Tories had "Repented for the previous sins", and insisted they "join us...to tell the truth about what is happening to local government; that they are slowly strangling it - whether it be a Tory authority or a Labour authority, we are all suffering the policies being carried out by this central Government...We should be given the resources to defend our people."

This set the theme for the meeting, with Labour councillors lining up to slam the Tory Government for 'ravaging social provision' and leading to what the Mayor called a "catastrophe" that would only get worse, with further cuts of £15million forecast for next year.

With new support from the Conservative councillors, the budget vote would have been unanimous – except that the new shiny electronic voting system, introduced as part of an £87,000 council meeting broadcasting package, didn't work. Instead councillors' names were read out for them to register their support...


To see the whole broadcast of the meeting – click here

Theo Occupier wrote
at 13:04:48 on 13 March 2018
Dennett needs to go, never had a proper job all his life. Totally out of his depth.
 
wrote
at 10:22:37 on 02 March 2018
Tory Councillors throw in the towel but stay in their jobs to cut £15million more next year. Can't wait to see the face of Karen Gareebo next spring. Tories have destroyed any chance of it winning seats in Salford. Dennett must be given a huge pay rise in having to decide which cuts Council must inflict on people.
 
Phil wrote
at 10:21:48 on 02 March 2018
Mary, here's a prediction for you. In nine weeks time there will be a very low voter turnout during the local elections. Salford labour will retain all of the council seats that they currently hold. The other parties will see no improvement, and the independents will lose their deposits. Then, and only then will our Mayor and His Team be able to concentrate on healing this once great City of ours, and I'm sure that they will; succeeding where others would undoubtedly fail, while you, O'Neil and Felse carry on impotently whingeing in the Salford Star comments section. Constantly complaining, while offering nothing beneficial, just a never ending stream of vitriolic negativity. Roll on the next nine weeks. Salford Labour and our leader, Mayor Dennett, are going to reign supreme and make this home to two hundred and fifty thousand citizens a better, better place.
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 20:53:51 on 01 March 2018
Phil whoever. Are you a member of Dennetts family,some long lost cousin.Because you sure like this, say one thing then do the other bloke.Our city is on its knees and you have this post of a mayor playing with people's lives. The only opposition have thrown in the towel so this lot can do what ever they want. I just hope the people of Salford will remember all the shit that has happened and will continue to happen while labour have free run of this city of ours. So Phil please take your best mate Dennett and some of his mates and go move to another country. Better still another planet. Go cock up somewhere else
 
Old Salfordian wrote
at 19:53:01 on 01 March 2018
In nine weeks time the electorate of Salford will have the choice. They can vote for change, or they can vote (or abstain) to accept the fate that the old parties are inflicting on them.
 
Glum Times Ahead wrote
at 19:52:51 on 01 March 2018
And on the tenth day Labour dug out the Kinnock record "Things can only get better" to remind Uncle Phil how heavily defeated it was when it tried to fool the people. You can fool some of your people some of the time but the time for Salford Labour is over. Even the local Tories have thrown in the towel on this Council.
 
Phil wrote
at 16:05:28 on 01 March 2018
Salford's not doomed. Not with Mayor Dennett and His "People" at the helm. What I predict is revival for Salford. Revival and regeneration. Trust me, this City is going places. And that's why we need a strong Mayor, and a strong Mayoral team. And that is exactly what we have in Mayor Dennett and His Team. Yes of course there will be tough times ahead. There always is. But we need to show some Salford Spirit. Trust me, these tough times won't last forever, they never do. Just a few more years is all. Then things will get better. Things always get better. I for one, have the wisdom needed, to understand that things will only get better under Salford Labour. I have absolute faith in Mayor Dennett and His "People", and I know, beyond a reasonable doubt that the doom mongering naysayers shall be proven wrong... This I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt. A few more years of tough times, followed by many more years of plenty, where we Salfordians will live off the fat of the land, and will undoubtedly offer a collective salute to Mayor Dennett and His "People" for their heroic and, dare I say it, great leadership in these tough times.
 
Council of Doom wrote
at 13:58:40 on 01 March 2018
Tories throwing in the towel. Salford end is nigh. Doomed.
 
John Smith wrote
at 13:57:57 on 01 March 2018
The lemmings of Salford will never learn.
 
Brianfkirkham wrote
at 07:25:31 on 01 March 2018
Nice to see a realisation from the Tory opposition. The direct grant from central government has been cut, due to Whitehall’s mandarins....he may have done a flit to the evening standard, but this is down to mr Osborne, and his litany of austerity. It was ok when the beast of cuts was outside other areas of the city, but now it’s at the wards of Tory councillors and devised by their chancellors and affecting their wards they’re speaking up. Given the tories have pitched up their conference in the north for the past few years I’m surprised the dear councillors didn’t speak up soonr
 
Joe O'Neill wrote
at 00:14:01 on 01 March 2018
Well today we witnessed nothing more than a compromise the Tories vote for a Labour budget knowing full well it will make it harder for Labour to attack them over the cuts. Karen Garrido almost looked in tears voting with Labour. Karl marx asks where are the opposition where are the Greens,the Greens like other opposition have tried to seek seats in Salford but when the apathetic amongst us fail to use the privilege gained by others what else can we expect but Cuts, Job losses, slashed services and the Homeless.
 
Sean Kilgarriff wrote
at 00:13:27 on 01 March 2018
Where is the Money Tree? Show it to me and I'll vote against the cuts.
 
Paul Whitelegg wrote
at 00:13:15 on 01 March 2018
If a conservative councillor oppose or stands up Against the labour mafia , the Labour Party will hit his or hers ward to have them removed .
 
Karl Marx & Sparx wrote
at 18:57:12 on 28 February 2018
Where is the opposition to these cuts ?? Where are the Unions ?? Where are Salford Against The Cuts ?? Where are the Green Party ?? Where are the calls for a General Strike ?? Aren't Labour supposed to be an anti-austerity political party ??
 
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