Tories in turmoil at the Town Hall……

Cllr David Sanders
Senior Tory councillors joked about Cllr David Sanders’, just before he announced his departure from politics…. they soon stopped laughing!

The Conservatives have been “running” the City Council since the year 2000, and as someone who has been a councillor since 2004, I can assure you I’ve never seen them in such a mess!

It seems quite clear to me, given that there is no more silverware in the cupboard for them to sell, that they’ve agreed annual rises in Council Tax over the next 5 years, the back tracking on bulky waste collections, senior officers moving to jobs outside the authority etc!

And let’s not forget the recent events, like:

  1. Tory Mayor drops resignation bombshell – After a year in the role as mayor, Tory councillor, David Sanders, announced at a meeting of Full Council (without informing his leader or other senior Tory councillors) that he’d be resigning his position as a elected member after 20 years in the role. Some suggest this was solely down to his view of how things are being run by his party colleagues at the Town Hall?
  2. Chief Finance Officer jumps shipJohn Harrison, who received £184,572 last year including pension contributions, suddenly left the authority, without even a good-bye email? I myself was very surprised, as I thought he was pretty much entrenched at the Council and especially after I was told at a meeting (which he also attended) that he’d be the one leading the renegotiation of the Council’s contract with Amey?
  3. Nearly half a billion in debt – This year I discovered from holding the Tories at the Town Hall to account during a formal meeting, that they are presently in debt to the tune of £395,400,000 and repayment of individual loans ranges from 2 months to 49 years. The total interest payment over the life of the outstanding debt is presently £405,000,000……. nearly half a billion! To put it into perspective, if you get paid £16,000 a year, then its like you owing £38,400 …… on top of YOUR mortgage or rent etc Not very fiscally sound, eh?
  4. Rhubarb Bridge fiasco – Hundreds of local residents were left dismayed after the Tories launched a “consultation” exercise regarding the future of the Rhubarb Bridge, however, on attending they discovered that there was only one option on the table, and that a multi million pound deal had already been signed!

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UKIP in Peterborough on a downward spiral ……

Paul Nuttall
Nuttall lasted just 8 months as leader of the party!

At the last General Election, UKIP decided not to put up a candidate in Peterborough …. in order to, according to them, assist the Tory candidate in being re-elected.

It didn’t work!

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Some UKIP members haven’t helped the image of the party!

On Peterborough City Council, they are now down to just 2 councillors, having lost 60% of their seats in the last couple of years.

At the recent Park Ward local election, the UKIP candidate got 176 votes, DOWN nearly 50% on the previous year!

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Farage sneaking out of building ….. dressed as a builder!

UKIP’s decision to stand aside for the Conservatives in Peterborough, earlier this year, shows they are a spent force!

As Nigel Farage has said, Theresa May is now using the exact words and phrases he has been using for the last 20 years.

Locally, there have been strong suggestions that at least one of the existing UKIP councillors will be joining the Conservative party, in order to get re-elected.

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People are letting UKIP know what they think of them at the ballot boxes!

Also, to give you an idea of the mess UKIP have been in locally, you might like to read some of the text from the ‘tell-tale’ book on UKIP in the city, which claims to reveal damning information about the party, by the former deputy chairman of UKIP Peterborough, by VISITING HERE and choosing the “Look Inside” option!