Somerset County Council have today announced that they have sacked seventeen gritter drivers and sold their road gritters, in spite of thousands of Somerset residents signing petitions calling for cuts to gritting services to be reduced.
The Conservative run County Council has made around £45 million in cuts to services over two years and sold £90 million worth of Council Tax payers assets, while recently announcing that it will be spending almost £10 million to upgrade their offices in Taunton.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group in County, Jane Lock, said on this “The Conservatives running the County Council are clearly out of touch with the real world. We all experienced the problems in recent weeks with just a brief cold snap”
“Rather than taking the opportunity to hold their hands up, say they had got it wrong, Somerset Conservatives are Instead pushing ahead and making the problem worse by sacking 17 hard working drivers”.
Mick Clark, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Yeovil said “This Council refused to raise council tax for almost a decade, then complained it now hasn’t got the funds to deliver essential services. If these were company directors, they would be struck off and banned from running future businesses”
“After cuts to every aspect of county services, the only thing this Conservative run Council has achieved is to clearly demonstrate they have no gritters, no drivers and no clue about delivering services responsibly”
Yeovil Liberal Democrat's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Mick Clark, has launched an online petition to save Yeovil's Post Office which has been threatened with closure. For more information and to sign the petition go to http://www.yeovil-libdems.org.uk/postoffice
Somerset’s Lib Dem county councillors have called on the chair of Somerset County Council to hold an extraordinary meeting to explain the Conservatives’ emergency budget in more detail and ensure that it is sufficiently robust to prevent Government officials stepping in and shutting down the County Council.
“Conservatives’ financial incompetence has driven Somerset to the brink of bankruptcy,” says Lib Dem Leader, as Council releases its latest “Chopping List” of 76 service cuts
After over 3 years as a District Councillor and just over 1 year as a County Councillor Neil Bloomfield (Martock) has moved from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats.
In the face of overwhelming evidence from industry experts, the current MP for Yeovil has attempted to shut down claims that a “No-deal Brexit” would lead to delays at ports and additional Tariffs. When confronted with suggestions, from the head of the British Sandwich Association, that leaving the EU without a deal could lead to shortages of foodstuffs, delays at ports and additional tariffs, Mr Fysh called the claims “ridiculous” and reinforced his view that Brexit is “the will of the people”.
You can see Marcus's meltdown on Newsnight here.
Following the unexpected resignation of Somerset County Council’s Chief Finance Officer after 31 years of highly-valued service, last week the County Council’s ruling Conservatives received two shock resignations from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council’s influential Audit Committee. Both quit their positions on the Committee and resigned from the Conservative Party with immediate effect.
MP for Yeovil, Marcus Fysh, has come under fire after suggesting that Conservative Brexiteer MPs should refuse to support the Government.
Defence Minister, Earl Howe, has failed to come clean in the Lords today over the future of UK based, defence helicopter production in Yeovil based manufacturer, Leonardo
The Conservatives at Somerset County Council continue to get their finances wrong at your expense