It’s too soon for Cor­byn to write off town hall Tories

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

IN an in­ter­view with BBC Ra­dio Lan­cashire dur­ing his visit to Rossendale, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said he didn’t feel the Tory ad­min­is­tra­tion run­ning Lan­cashire county coun­cil was ‘ef­fec­tive.’

Given they’ve only had the keys to County Hall back in their grasp since May, it seems a little soon to pass judge­ment – and in­deed it’s a com­ment which rather ig­nores the fact this area voted in Tory coun­cil­lors ahead of Labour ones just a few months ago.

Back in March, Mr Cor­byn told BBC North West Tonight that Labour could keep con­trol of Lan­cashire in the lo­cal elec­tions be­cause vot­ers have been pro­tected from cuts.

That was pre­sum­ably news to those who fought to keep Helmshore Tex­tile Mu­seum open, as well as lo­cal li­braries, and in­deed those who fought to keep threat­ened sub­sidised bus routes go­ing.

And in fair­ness to the Tories run­ning the county coun­cil, they have de­liv­ered on their prom­ise to re-open li­braries and are push­ing to re­verse other cuts too.

Quite how this all stacks up fi­nan­cially in fu­ture bud­gets has yet to be re­vealed, but it seems a bit soon to be dis­miss­ing a three-month old ad­min­is­tra­tion as in­ef­fec­tive so soon after the elec­torate de­cided a change was needed.

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