On Saturday 4 March Suffolk’s very own Baroness Ros Scott joined Lib Dem party chair Baroness Sal Brinton to launch the Suffolk Lib Dem party manifesto for the elections in May.
We have now had had a decade of conservative cuts letting local people down. Since 2005 the Conservatives have run the County Council, consistently reducing services, rather than looking after the real needs of local people. Suffolk Liberal Democrats believe there is a better way and we need urgent action in some important areas.
Suffolk Lib Dems’ SIX priorities for local people
Provide a £5m boost to adult social care
Invest in the infrastructure to support new housing – roads, schools and doctor’s surgeries
Fund a county-wide mental health programme in schools
Fix our roads and pavements
Invest in local bus services and make park and ride buses more frequent
Yesterday saw the setting of the County Budget for 2017-18. With an election in May this was always a day when we would emphasise the difference between the parties and it did not disappoint. The was lots of Conservative emphasis on keeping spend down and how they have amassed large reserves over the past seven years. Labour wanted to spend to preserve services and give the residents of Suffolk what they need. We felt the Conservatives were cutting too hard but Labour were spending at the top limit of what would be possible.
My approach -on behalf of the LibDeb group- is below, seeking to use the resources available but not take unreasonable risks. In the end the administration carried the day and a further £30 million will be cut from services.
John Field: Deputy Leader of Suffolk Lib Dem Group & County Councillor for Gipping Valley
Following the long-overdue resignation of Suffolk’s most shameless county councillor -the non-resident Brian Riley – Suffolk Lib Dems are campaigning to give back to Hadleigh residents the quality representation they enjoyed with their previous County Councillor, Lib Dem David Grutchfield.
So what exactly has Brian Riley cost us, the people of Suffolk?
“Well, since he moved to America eighteen months ago, he’s continued to claim his County Councillor’s allowance . Then there’s the cost of this by-election forced on the county by him failing to attend even one council meeting every six months and so being obliged to stand down. That’s about £25,000, and for what? To represent his residents? To represent the great town of Hadleigh? It doesn’t looks like it! And in addition he has helped keep this service-cutting Tory county council in power,” says David Busby, County Councillor of neighbouring Belstead division.
“You just have to compare Mr Riley’s lackadaisical performance with that of the previous incumbent – David Grutchfield, ‘Mr Hadleigh,’ – who gave 24 years of his life to help the people and town of Hadleigh. It’s clear that Lib Dem councillors step up to the plate, take their responsibilities to their constituents seriously, and are not obsessed by the power drug.”
The LibDem candidate for this by-election is Trevor Sheldrick , who has already shown a long track-record of dedication and service to Hadleigh and its residents. Trevor has been 10 years on the town council and is currently the Mayor of Hadleigh. As well as a community speedwatch volunteer, he’s a First Responder- one of that band of amazing volunteer paramedics who arrive before the ambulance to keep you alive.
Its time to get back to having a ‘real’ councillor representing Hadleigh – you deserve it!
Dave Busby Caroline Page
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