Conservatives promise more cuts on waste in Somerset
Conservatives in Somerset have pledged more cuts to services in the county, shedding “waste” and investing in frontline services.
The party, which took power from the Liberal Democrats four years ago, also pledged to freeze council tax as it launched its manifesto for council elections in May.
Labour brought in Mary Creagh MP, shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary, to help launch its campaign. In January, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg opened hostilities by saying Tory cuts had “forced the county to its knees.”
On Saturday, MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and MEP Neil Parish gave their support as council leader John Osman accused Liberal Democrats of burdening the county with £350 million of debt and promised to continue to cut “waste”, freeing £10 million for front line services, and create 15,000 jobs and 4,000 apprenticeships.
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Mr Osman said: “We’ve had a loss of £94 million of our funding and it is regrettable that we’ve had to make savings, but the vulnerable adults and children are still cared for and we still provide vital services – library, youth and children centres. However, there is more to do. Only local Conservatives can ensure that Somerset prospers and local residents get the services they deserve.”
Labour councillor Andrew Govier said: “We would protect services for the most vulnerable, create a sustainable environment, promote economic growth for Somerset workers and businesses, invest in our children’s education and protect the vital culture and heritage of our historic county”.