Tomorrow voters in Buxton’s Central ward go to the polls to elect a new borough councillor. With Labour’s Jean Todd hoping to retain the seat which Labour dramatically won form the Tories a year ago.
In the past week we have seen the true face of the Tory Party. First there was George Osborne’s Budget which has been roundly condemned for its attack on pensioners, the ridiculous pasty tax and, of course, the massive tax cut for millionaires. Then, to cap it all, there were the revelations about cash for dinner with the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street.
Meanwhile local Tories are spreading mischievous half truths in an increasingly desperate bid to win back a seat they never expected to lose. But what is perhaps most surprising about their claims – is that many of the policies they accuse Labour of promoting – are actually supported by sitting Tory (and LibDem and Independent too) borough councillors.
So it’s not just the Labour administration at the Council that they are attacking – it’s their own leadership!
Let’s be clear about this:
1. Tory councillors support plans for a new wheelie bin so that we can collect plastics for recycling for the kerbside. It is also supported by many residents.
2. We are looking how High Peak Community Housing will be run in the future. There will be a wide ranging consultation, including consulting tenants. Again Tories on the Council support this approach.
3. The Tories set up the Alliance with Staffordshire Moorlands – are they now arguing that this was the wrong thing to do?
4. Since taking control last May Labour has continued with the plans set out by the previous Tory administration – and despite a 28% cut in government grant has also found money to put into community ventures.
What Labour has done:
1. Pegged council tax, leisure and car parking charges
2. Lobbied strongly against the closure of the Corbar Birthing Centre
3. Called for the retention of a second fire engine in Buxton
4. Backed young people in their campaign against plans by Tory Derbyshire County Council to close youth services, including Buxton for Youth
5. Maintained funding for CABs and the CVS
6. Continued to work with police and other partners to keep communities safe.
In short – we have been speaking up for local residents and protecting the services the Council provides for you.
This election will be close. Labour won by just 10 votes last year, a vote for any other party will let the Tories back in.
If you want us to continue working with and for local people; speaking up for local services and making your voice heard vote for Jean Todd, the Labour party candidate,
Thursday 29 March. Polls open 7am to 10pm
Polling station: St Anne’s Parish Centre, Hardwick Square West.