The Eastern Daily Press has revealed that Norwich Labour took £10,000 in public money designed for businesses to stay afloat during the height of the COVID pandemic. As far as we are aware it has not been repaid.
While hardworking people across the country were worried for their livelihoods, it seems Norwich Labour were taking taxpayer cash to fund their own political campaigning. Indications are none of this money was used to keep people on the payroll, instead going towards purely political operations, as they continued to sit on almost half £1million in assets.
Many people will be bitterly disappointed and upset by this selfish decision by Labour. We believe it was utterly wrong, and refused to take any public money ourselves on moral grounds. They should urgently and immediately pay back this money.
Norwich deserves so much more from its local council than what we’re getting at the moment.
Everywhere I go there are people in our community perplexed that even the simplest tasks, that a few years ago we would have taken for granted, now appear to be outside the grasp of the city council. It feels like our streets are getting dirtier, our public services less reliable, and green spaces, grass verges, and trees are neglected. All the while council tax bills have continued to skyrocket ever further each year.
You can’t even get in contact with them any more. There are multitudes of stories of local residents whose letters to the council go unreplied, emails to their local councillors unacknowledged, and phone calls to city hall require an hour of sitting in a waiting queue. You deserve a better response.
At the last city council election the Liberal Democrats came second in University Ward. We are the main challengers to a Labour Party that has won here every year for 18 years and done nothing. I want to be a local councillor who keeps in touch and fights for your priorities, that’s why I attach a survey so you can tell me what matters to you locally.
Whatever your views on national politics, and however you intend to vote at the general election, for the local elections on May 2nd I am standing to be your genuine local champion on the Norwich City Council. Please let me know your thoughts on local issues so I can best represent you and your priorities.