As the rat race begins our Waverley opposition parties speak out.
Waverley’s Liberal Democrat Leader has shared his reaction to the resignation of the Prime Minister as Leader of the Conservative Party.
Councillor Paul Follows, the Leader of Waverley Borough Council who is also the Lib Dems prospective parliamentary candidate told the Waverley Web:
“This has been a long time coming. But it has only taken this long because of the Prime Minister’s massive sense of entitlement and his belief that he is above the laws that govern the rest of us.
He has been enabled and propped up at every stage by the Conservative Party and Conservative MPs across the country – including here in South West Surrey. We need a real and more fundamental change in this country , not just a change of Tory leader, and I hope that opportunity will come soon.”
While we now move into months of in-fighting, sqabbling and chaos as the Conservative party focus on their leadership contest, the governent is essentially crippled.Most government departents have sigmificant gaps. The ministry responsible for local government is virtually emty, the department of educationhas n=been abandoned by government in the months before the first exames since the pandemic.
As business grinds to a halt, it becomes even more important that the progressive coalition at Waverley Borough Council continue locally to govern professionally and with competance and compassion.
As leader of the council, my first duty is to that responsibility and the people of Waverley and to ensure that residents can have confidence and faith in at least one tier of government.
South West Surrey Labour say:
‘Every day they spend on internal in-fighting is another day not spent on helping the British people,’
Nick Palmer, leader of the Labour Group at Waverley Borough Council and Chair of South West Surrey Labour Party, has had his say.
Mr Palmer, himself a former MP, told the Waverley Web:
“SW Surrey Labour welcomes the belated resignation statement by Boris Johnson, but notes that the Conservative Party has apparently agreed to leave him in office for some months while they leisurely choose a new leader. Meanwhile, the cost of living crisis continues to grow with no coherent Government leadership.
The Conservatives have run out of ideas and every day that they spend on internal in-fighting is another day not spent on helping the British people through the crisis. Instead of a leadership election, we need a General Election to give Britain a chance of new progressive leadership.
Labour will be working with our partners in the Waverley coalition to maintain constructive, stable policies to keep our community safe in these alarming times.”