Wednesday 22 March 2017 / 1:47 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

David Hodge’s resignation makes the need for full disclosure from the Government more pressing – Teresa Pearce

Teresa
Pearce, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,
commenting on the news that Surrey
County Council Leader David Hodge is standing down as the Local Government
Association’s Conservative group leader, said: 

“It
appears that the row around the Tory sweetheart deal for Surrey Council has
claimed a victim with the resignation of David Hodge as the man responsible for
standing up for all Tory councils. Perhaps that’s unsurprising given the
accusations he colluded with the Government over a favourable deal not
available to other councils.

“This
doesn’t put the matter to bed however. Theresa May has failed to come clean
about the terms of the deal offered to Surrey, failed to apologise for her
Government’s misleading suggestion that there had been no such deal and would
not give the assurance that other local councils will get the same treatment.

“David
Hodge’s resignation makes the need for full disclosure from the Government more
pressing.  What we need from the Tories is a long term sustainable plan
for funding social care, rather than cosy deals for Tories councils.”