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Tory administration gags debate on failures at County Hall

April 28, 2009 10:06 PM
Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems
Cty Cllr Hazel Watson

The Tory administration is in denial, says County Councillor Hazel Watson

Surrey Liberal Democrats at County Hall have been denied the opportunity to debate the failures of the Tory administration and the millions of Council Taxpayers' money wasted. The ruling Conservative group refused to allow the debate saying that they did not have enough information to debate the subject adequately.

Lib Dem Leader Cllr Hazel Watson said that millions of pounds had been wasted on at least 12 areas including the failed Business Delivery Review (BDR) and failure to manage the Highways contract. "The Conservative administration should be held accountable and answerable to Surrey residents for their actions and for their failure," she said. "It is shocking and undemocratic that a supposedly democratically elected body, the County Council, is being gagged by the Tories."

"The administration is in denial and is not facing up to the problems it has created within Surrey, nor accepted responsibility for them," she added. "This Tory administration is unfit to govern the County Council. It is time for change at County Hall. Only the Liberal Democrats offer a positive alternative to the failure, secrecy, waste of money and poor services provided by the Conservative administration. Surrey residents deserve much better."