VOTE: Liberal Democrat councillors quit budget group

WORTHING Council’s Liberal Democrats have quit the council’s budget advisory group, with their leader Alan Rice vacating the chairmanship.

Mr Rice said: “The Tories have shown no intention of working with us in so many areas and have only let us have this crumb of the chair to offload blame for unpopular cuts.”

A Lib Dem statement said Mr Rice’s appointment was “nothing more than a fig leaf to shield the Tories from the cuts to services”.

Worthing Council leader Paul Yallop told the Herald on Tuesday: “I think this is to do with national politics, rather than anything we have done locally.

“I think the Lib Dems need to remember that, nationally, they are not Tory cuts, but Coalition cuts, put forward by Lib Dem minister Danny Alexander.”

For the full story see the Worthing Herald, out today (Thursday, June 2).

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