Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

27/05/08 MP Rosie demands probe after Tories admit preferential

WEST Lancashire’s Labour MP is demanding an investigation after a Conservative candidate admitted the council is neglecting Skelmersdale.

MP Rosie Cooper in Elmridge, Tanhouse, which is being neglected by the Tories

Rosie Cooper MP is livid after homes in Tanhouse received an election leaflet from the ward’s Tory candidate in which she admitted that her party, which is the ruling group on WLDC, is giving preferential treatment to other parts of the district.

Rosie is now calling on the council’s chief executive, Bill Taylor, to investigate why Skelmersdale people are being discriminated against. She also wants a full explanation from the West Lancs Tory leader.

Rosie said: “People in Skelmersdale have always known that they have been left to rot by the Tories and now they have it in black and white from someone who wanted to be their councillor. It simply beggars belief.

“It is really worrying that a party will admit this and don’t feel any shame in doing so. The people of Skelmersdale have as much right to get a high standard of service from the council as someone living in the likes of Aughton, Ormskirk, Burscough, Newburgh or Parbold.

“Just because they don’t have Conservative councillors doesn’t mean they should be shoved aside. I’m really angry about this because at one time the Tories kept quiet about these types of things, but nowadays they’re even admitting to it in their election leaflets.

“I’m asking Bill Taylor to investigate as they are clearly admitting to being biased against Skelmersdale. I’m also demanding a full explanation from the leader of the council because his job is to be a representative for the whole of West Lancashire, not just the bits he prefers.

“I’ve left this until after the Local Elections because I don’t want this to be misconstrued as one of those typical party politics rows you get at election time.

“But there’s no way I’m going to stand back and allow my constituents to be discriminated against just because they won’t vote Conservative.”

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