Liberal Democrats launch county council election manifesto

The launch of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto at County Hall.
The launch of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto at County Hall.
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The Lib Dem opposition at county hall have launched their manifesto this afternoon (Tuesday, March 26) ahead of May’s council election.

The manifesto, entitled Getting Northamptonshire Working, includes promises to switch street lights back on, protect libraries and children’s centres and scrapping the council’s Brussels office.

The party says the manifesto is built around four themes – a fairer start and better jobs, safer streets, support when you need it and cutting Conservative waste.

Cllr Brendan Glynane, leader of the Liberal Democrats at County Hall, attacked the Conservative administration, which has been in office since 2005.

He said: “Northamptonshire Conservatives have made the wrong choices over the last eight years, cutting vital frontline services whilst wasting millions of taxpayers cash. The Liberal Democrats are determined to get Northamptonshire working.

“The Liberal Democrats want a fairer start for young people, better jobs and to sort out our schools. We will work with others to attract growth and businesses to Northamptonshire.

“The Conservatives have plunged our streets into darkness and broken manifesto promises by cutting PCSOs. The Liberal Democrats will restore streetlights and protect frontline policing. We will fix roads and pavements, and take action to reduce deaths on our roads.”

“The Liberal Democrats believe that we can get Northamptonshire working again, and we are determined to do just that.”

Cllr Glynane said his party had been horrified by the recent Ofsted report on child protection in the county as well as what he labelled Tory waste and vanity projects.

But the manifesto does not contain a pledge to freeze council tax further, with Cllr Glynane adding: “The Liberal Democrats will only raise council tax as a last resort to protect vital frontline services. If we do have to raise taxes we will not raise them more than inflation.”