Friday 3 August 2018 / 5:20 PM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

Andrew Gwynne responds to news that the former Conservative leader of Northamptonshire CC has quit the party

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, responding to the news that the former Conservative leader of Northamptonshire CC has quit the party, said:

“Poor local leadership played a role in the failure of Northamptonshire, but neglect from central Government allowed this disaster to happen.

“There were deeply worrying reports for a number of years that the council was failing in its duty to local people, but these warnings were ignored as the Tories buried their heads in the sand.

“Unless the Government acknowledge the role they played in this mess and change direction, there is a real risk that more councils will follow Northamptonshire into bankruptcy.”