Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

05/02/08 MP Rosie exposes Tory's double-standards over referendu

West Lancashire's MP has slammed the Tory finance boss for playing party politics over a vote which will safeguard millions of British jobs and protect vulnerable children.

This Wednesday (March 5th), Rosie Cooper will vote with Labour MPs against a referendum on the EU Treaty.

The Treaty has already been backed by the NSPCC and Save the Children, saying it is "a significant step forward for efforts to protect children and promote their rights in the UK, across the European Union and beyond."

As well as this, three million jobs are linked to our membership, and half of the UK's trade depends on it.

In view of this, Rosie has accused the Conservatives of putting their own party political interests ahead of the interests of the country.

Rosie said: "I'm amazed just how much time the Tory finance boss and his cronies in the District Council Chamber have spent pursuing their Thatcherite agenda.

"Instead of debating why they've failed to deliver a graveyard for West Lancs or why they've got a housing waiting list of thousands, they wasted taxpayers' money by using a council meeting to call for a referendum on the EU Treaty. They even got civil servants to write to me and my colleague in South Ribble, David Borrow, about it when they could have been working for the people of West Lancs.

"The Tories have blatantly and cynically used this issue as a smokescreen for their own failings here in West Lancs, and their record speaks for itself.

"When the Tory finance boss wanted to cut front line services by closing cash offices in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk he didn't have the guts to do it in public so he pushed it through in SECRET”.

"And when confronted by the press he said the reason there would be no public consultation is because residents would probably have objected! If he is so keen on referendums then why doesn’t he put his decision to close the cash offices to a referendum.”

"The Conservatives may be willing to play politics with millions of people's jobs and livelihoods but I am not."

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