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