Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

27/01/14 - Rosie Cooper MP is clear County Council’s announcemen

 

West Lancashire MP has welcomed Lancashire County Council's announcement on One Connect Limited that brings services back in-house but is clear that this announcement has changed nothing in relation to the questions that remain unanswered over how Lancashire got into this mess in the first place.

 

MP Rosie has been calling for greater openness and transparency about this deal for the last two years. Rosie Cooper wants the original contract and all the costs and charges put in the public domain for residents to see what was done in their name under the last administration at County Hall.

 

Beset by fiasco after fiasco, One Connect Limited has been surrounded with controversy, the Fleet Services Maintenance contract awarded to them being cancelled, the suspension of the former County Council chief executive and the debacle of payments to the former One Connect Limited chief executive for over £600,000 for his 2.5 days a week job.

 

During this time MP Rosie has also raised questions about the role and actions of former council leader, Cllr Geoff Driver, who had a duty to protect the interests of Lancashire residents but clearly failed to do so.

 

Speaking following the announcement, MP Rosie said:

"I congratulate Jennifer Mein and her team on the progress so far to get rid of the One Connect Limited contract and bring numerous services back in house.

 

"However, there are still too many unanswered questions about what has been happening around One Connect Limited since the signing of the original deal. This announcement does not mean those questions can now disappear. Although I am sure there are people who hope this announcement will draw a line under this issue, it won't.

 

"The people of Lancashire deserve to know why this fiasco happened in the first place and what it has cost the taxpayers of Lancashire.  In that respect this announcement does not change anything.  These questions of probity, of value for money, of transparency and openness all still need to be addressed.

 

"Even more so as West Lancashire Borough Council appears to be still tied to the contract it has with One Connect Limited and now its successor.

 

"It is my intention to continue to pursue those answers no matter how long it takes!"

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