A strange tale from a Liberal Councillor up North

After recuperating from the recent special Council meeting, when unsurprisingly Blackburn’s ruling coalition was embarrassed to find that even its own members could not support its damaging cuts packages, I was surfing the internet and came across a strange but interesting tale.

It concerns Lib Dem Councillor Sharron Brook who has put out a letter to her residents of her Dearne South Ward in Barnsley. In it she thanks the residents for voting for her at the recent election and then she gets to the main reason why she is writing to them.

“…. which is to ask you what you would like us to do, seeing that the Liberal Democrats have chosen to form a coalition with the Conservatives, never considering the people in the deprived north”

She continues

“We are ashamed, as you are, of what the National Lib Dems have done in joining the Conservatives. Since 1964 I have had faith in the Liberals thinking they were principled, perhaps they were in years gone by but not after this election”

Cllr Brook then goes on to give her residents three choices and asks them for their wishes for her future:

  1. Go it alone
  2. Join the Labour Party
  3. Stay as a Liberal Democrat

It would be really interesting if the Lib Dems in Blackburn and Darwen asked the voters a similar question as I think we can all guess the answer wouldn’t be number three.

Author: Kate Hollern

Kate is the leader of the Labour opposition group on Blackburn with Darwen Council.

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