Tories are not all that they seem Tim Mickleburgh
Tory council leader Philip Jackson regularly appears in the “Grimsby Telegraph” boasting about what his party is doing for the Borough. The Town Deal, Freeman Street regeneration (including a new football stadium for Grimsby Town), a new Museum, work on Cleethorpes streets – you name it, they are all happening thanks to the Tories.
Trouble is, they are not. All these initiatives began when Labour were in control, and managed to gain new money from outside bodies for radical developments to take place. The Tories are simply fortunate to be the party in power, who can therefore try and pull the wool over the people’s eyes. It is up to us to speak the truth and tell voters that it was Labour who had the ideas, while the Tories didn’t even put forward an alternative budget for much of the time.
Which brings us nicely to one thing that the Tories did propose in opposition, and sadly saw through at the December Full Council meeting. Namely the cutting of Council Tax support for vulnerable groups, who haven’t had a benefit rise in line with inflation since Cameron came to power in 2010. Now we can certainly blame them for that!