Tory leader hits back at 'sheer greed of Labour'
A POLITICAL row has broken out following claims that the leader of North East Lincolnshire has reneged on a promise he made just a week ago.
As reported, on announcing to the Grimsby Telegraph which councillors had been selected to hold portfolio posts, council leader Chris Shaw had also pledged that any Lib Dem or Conservative members sitting on outside bodies would continue to do so.
However, the row emerged at the Council's Annual General Meeting on Thursday night after he revealed that Labour members would be taking over five of the posts previously held by either the Conservatives or Lib Dems. A sixth post has been allocated to UKIP.
The move has led Conservative leader Councillor Keith Brookes to accuse Councillor Shaw of being greedy.
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He said: "It just doesn't make sense. It really is just awful.
"How can you trust someone who goes back on what they say.
"This move has been made out of sheer greed by the Labour party, they have taken everything they legally can.
"We did not expect it to happen because he said in the press that it wouldn't.
"An obvious example of the greed is the representation of the Grantham's Almshouses position.
"There is a Labour councillor representing it but there isn't one member of the party in that ward.
"They are not representing the people, they are representing themselves."
The Almshouses, in Grantham Avenue, Scartho, is a residential home that is now represented by Labour Councillor Matthew Barrow – the Park Ward councillor.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew De Freitas said: "What happened is what I would expect from the Labour group.
"I am a little disappointed and I hope we are not going back to Labour absolute control like it was a few years ago.
"The major worry is that Labour has overall control and will anyone put their head above the parapet and challenge the executive?
"I would have thought Labour could have given away some of the outside bodies and I am a bit disappointed this didn't happen."
However, Council Leader Chris Shaw defended his party's action.
He said: "I have not gone back on what I have said.
"The Conservatives voted for very little at the meeting and they can't expect to have things done for them as a favour.
"I am not going to answer for a couple of outside bodies."