Willott comments on resignation of Labour Chair of Cardiff Council

September 19, 2012 11:21 AM

Following Councillor Furlong's announcement that she is resigning as Chair of Cardiff Council only four months after taking the post, Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, commented:

"The Labour Council in Cardiff desperately need to re-visit the principle of 'if it isn't broken, then don't fix it'. Having a Lord Mayor served the city extremely well for more than 50 years. Labour should not be trying to politicise the position. Once again the Labour administration is showing where their priorities lie: power struggles within their own party rather than seeking to serve the people of Cardiff who elected them just a few months ago. The residents of Cardiff deserve better."

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council, Cllr. Judith Woodman said:

"Each day we are seeing further embarrassing news drip out from this failing Labour Council.

"Only this morning we have read that even Labour's own backbench Councillors are strongly opposed to the on going senior management restructuring. Now it appears there is also deep divisions in the Labour party with regards to the position of Chair of the Council - a post they only created four months ago.

"The Labour party are botching every single announcement they make, even Cllr Furlong acknowledges in her resignation statement that separating the role of Lord Mayor and Chair is taking longer than planned. Under Labour, we are now in the absurd situation that our capital city is without either a Chair or Lord Mayor.

"When will they learn that Cardiff Council isn't just a play thing for the Labour party? It is astonishing that in just four months the Labour party has rapidly undone eight years of good work put in place by the Liberal Democrat administration."

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