Eric Pickles slams Conservative councils for wasting money

What else can one make of this? Eric Pickles has been in the media today calling for pay cuts for the most highly paid local council chief executives. But what’s this at the foot of the report about Eric Pickles and his proposals The Times? It’s a list of the eight highest paid local council chief executives.

I think you can guess what might be coming next …

Yes indeed, let’s look at who runs these councils:

Bexley (Conservative)
Ealing (Conservative)
Hertfordshire (Conservative)
Kensington & Chelsea (Conservative)
Kingston upon Hull (Lib Dem)
Newham (Labour)
Suffolk County Council (Conservative)
Surrey County Council (Conservative)

Yup, that would be six out of eight of the top paying councils are Conservative-run. So in other words, much of what Eric Pickles is saying really amounts to, ‘look what an awful job so many Conservative councillors are doing wasting our money’.

Footnote: Eric Pickles, the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has a habit of attacking his own party’s record in local government, as with his dispute with Paul Bettison over waste collection policies.

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  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 26th Oct - 8:11am
    fully behind charlie on this one.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 26th Oct - 8:09am
    Johann Lamont and her General Secretary appear to have been treated badly, but I do think she was below par. I have been wanting to...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 26th Oct - 8:06am
    "My worry if they go down the tubes in the Scottish context is that at the moment it’s likely to be the SNP that fills...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 26th Oct - 7:39am
    south-west. I mean
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 26th Oct - 7:39am
    South-east Surrey has just selected Patrick Haveron. I don't know why we don't get included in these lists.
  • User Avatartonyhill 26th Oct - 6:47am
    Paul, I actually admire your perpetual optimism, but Peter Mandelson would be proud of that comment as a piece of spin.