Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition set to run Cumbria County Council

CUMBRIA County Council will be run by a Labour and Liberal Democrat coalition for the next four years after more than a week of 'exhaustive' talks between councillors reached their conclusion.

Liberal Democrat councillors voted over whether to work with the Conservatives or Labour today following discussions after elections on May 2 returned a hung council.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said members decided to form an alliance with Labour because 'they believed that vital services could be protected, funds to improve our roads could be made available and the most vulnerable would have the support they need'.

As Labour group leader on the council, Stewart Young is set to be confirmed as the authority's new leader at Thursday's full council meeting.

Six cabinet posts overall will be occupied by Labour councillors.

Liberal Democrat group leader Jo Stephenson will become the authority's deputy leader and will be joined in the administration by three other Liberal Democrat councillors.

Penrith councillor Patricia Bell, Ian Stewart from the Kent Estuary and Clare Feeney-Johnson from Kendal have all been elected to cabinet places.

Coun Stephenson said: “This is a fresh start for the people of Cumbria.  I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver a council that works for the people throughout the county.

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“After exhaustive negotiations the Liberal Democrat group looked at proposals from both the Conservative and Labour parties and took the view that the joint agreement with Labour provided the best opportunity to improve the lives of the people of Cumbria.”

This afternoon, newly-elected Conservative group leader Coun James Airey said Cumbria County Council was having a 'dangerous lurch to the left'.

In a statement, he said the Liberal Democrats had decided to 'go with their natural leanings' in doing a deal with Labour.

He labelled the move 'terrible for rural services' such as local household waste recycling centres and said the Liberal Democrats would 'fail on their promises, just like they had in Government'.

Ben Berry, a Conservative councillor on SLDC who was defeated in the Lakes ward in the county council election, added: “On the streets of Kirkby Lonsdale and Ambleside people went out and voted Lib Dem and Tory. They are going to be very disappointed to now have Labour in the driving seat.”

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron said: “Today’s deal is protecting vital services that local people rely on. 

“I want to thank Jo Stephenson, Clare Feeney-Johnson and Stan Collins for their part in this agreement.

“I will work with the team to deliver better services, roll out broadband and protect our schools. 

“The results last week were a massive vote of confidence in the Liberal Democrats – it is now up to the team to deliver and I am sure that they will.”

Some of the policies agreed during the talks include:

• Protecting and seeking additional investment in highways to ensure that they are maintained to the best possible standard

• The council will explore the potential for a 'County Deal' on the model of deals agreed for Liverpool, Manchester and other city areas and to ensure that Cumbria takes full advantage of the potential for devolution of national budgets as a result of the Heseltine Review

• Focus more on early intervention with the aim of reducing the number of looked after Children and developing the council's role as a corporate parent

• Explore the potential to create a single body for the commissioning of health and social care services, improving outcomes for the people of Cumbria

• The new administration will protect Sure Start Children’s Centre focusing on families in greatest need as part of an anti-poverty strategy that tackles the cycle of disadvantage

• Retaining school clothing grants

• The council will seek to introduce a Living Wage and, through its procurement process, encourage other employers to do the same

Councillors had been locked in talks for more than a week after voters returned a hung council in the county-wide elections - the fifth time it has happened in 12 years.

Labour won 35 council wards, eight shy of the 43 required for an outright majority.

The Conservatives won 26 and the Liberal Democrats gained 16.

Seven seats were won by independent councillors.

Talks began between the three major parties on May 3, with new group leaders elected last Tuesday.

Discussions had continued ever since.

For the last four years, Cumbria County Council has been run by a Conservative-Labour alliance with a Conservative leader.

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5:38pm Mon 13 May 13

jazzactivist says...

"a dangerous lurch to the left" James Airey?!!! I think we're all already heartily sick of seeing what is happening in central government when there is a dangerous lurch to the right. I shouldn't think there will be much lurching anywhere with a middle-of-the-road Labour Lib Dem Council, but we may get some better debate about how to implement the services we need, rather than whether or not we should have them at all!
"a dangerous lurch to the left" James Airey?!!! I think we're all already heartily sick of seeing what is happening in central government when there is a dangerous lurch to the right. I shouldn't think there will be much lurching anywhere with a middle-of-the-road Labour Lib Dem Council, but we may get some better debate about how to implement the services we need, rather than whether or not we should have them at all! jazzactivist

6:53pm Mon 13 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

Will the last person to leave the county please turn off the lights
Will the last person to leave the county please turn off the lights snuggle-bunny

8:03pm Mon 13 May 13

onelocal says...

Need to get party politics out of local government. Then we would get rid of ridiculous deals like this. Last time it was Labour/Tories, this time Labour/Lib Dems. Marriage of convenience
Need to get party politics out of local government. Then we would get rid of ridiculous deals like this. Last time it was Labour/Tories, this time Labour/Lib Dems. Marriage of convenience onelocal

8:55am Tue 14 May 13

sklanc says...

excellent news this , a positive development in local politics away from the landowners, tourism bosses and other gravy train riders. It is a change for the better and I welcome it .
excellent news this , a positive development in local politics away from the landowners, tourism bosses and other gravy train riders. It is a change for the better and I welcome it . sklanc

9:06am Tue 14 May 13

fellsman says...

At last Farron has his way, although this could be a poisoned chlice for him. He has spent the last few years campaigning heavily against lack of County Council actions, now 'Tim's Liberals' can put everything right - Potholes come to mind, I hope everyone contacts him as he asked a few weeks ago, he's got no excuse now. I'm sure he will also sort out the poor teachers assistants salaries that he has campaigned so hard for.

By going in with Labour, Tim's Liberals have just taken away his reason for living - campaigning against every decision that others have made
At last Farron has his way, although this could be a poisoned chlice for him. He has spent the last few years campaigning heavily against lack of County Council actions, now 'Tim's Liberals' can put everything right - Potholes come to mind, I hope everyone contacts him as he asked a few weeks ago, he's got no excuse now. I'm sure he will also sort out the poor teachers assistants salaries that he has campaigned so hard for. By going in with Labour, Tim's Liberals have just taken away his reason for living - campaigning against every decision that others have made fellsman

10:02am Tue 14 May 13

GResie says...

Spot on fellsman, lets see if he will turn moaning about everything and 'campaigning' for XYZ without achieving anything into actually doing something tangible for South Lakes.
You can already picture Timmys press releases:
CCC changes a service/adds more funds "Tims team have done this for you, aren't we great" (despite it being a labour dominated Cabinet)
CCC cuts/reduces a service "Those nasty labour Councillors haven't listened to us and we will fight (but not really, because we are in charge and are part of the decision making process) to keep it open"
Time for a steady drip feed of them into the Gazette for the next 4 years.
Yawn
Spot on fellsman, lets see if he will turn moaning about everything and 'campaigning' for XYZ without achieving anything into actually doing something tangible for South Lakes. You can already picture Timmys press releases: CCC changes a service/adds more funds "Tims team have done this for you, aren't we great" (despite it being a labour dominated Cabinet) CCC cuts/reduces a service "Those nasty labour Councillors haven't listened to us and we will fight (but not really, because we are in charge and are part of the decision making process) to keep it open" Time for a steady drip feed of them into the Gazette for the next 4 years. Yawn GResie

12:36pm Tue 14 May 13

onelocal says...

The bigger issue here is that through their political in-fighting, back-stabbing and general incompetence, the LibDems have managed to put South Lakes under the control of Labour. In the last general election, labour had 2.2% of the vote in W & L, and have 3 councillors out of 51 at the district level, and those three all represent Ulverston (Keep it special). This means that the LibDems who were given a majority in the recent election, have sold the voters of South Lakes down the river, by opportunistically siding with Labour. The LibDems on the county council should be ashamed of themselves.
On the other hand, SLDC meetings should be more interesting with the Kendal and South gang of three taking on the Windermere gang of two. Just like the old days at the Palace disco in Bowness. LOL
The bigger issue here is that through their political in-fighting, back-stabbing and general incompetence, the LibDems have managed to put South Lakes under the control of Labour. In the last general election, labour had 2.2% of the vote in W & L, and have 3 councillors out of 51 at the district level, and those three all represent Ulverston (Keep it special). This means that the LibDems who were given a majority in the recent election, have sold the voters of South Lakes down the river, by opportunistically siding with Labour. The LibDems on the county council should be ashamed of themselves. On the other hand, SLDC meetings should be more interesting with the Kendal and South gang of three taking on the Windermere gang of two. Just like the old days at the Palace disco in Bowness. LOL onelocal

3:20pm Tue 14 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

Bad news all round.
Let's see if our Tim can sort the trouble
now and whom to blame when things go
wrong. Plenty to say, but non-achiever,
despite all the hype with him and his old cronies.
Bad news all round. Let's see if our Tim can sort the trouble now and whom to blame when things go wrong. Plenty to say, but non-achiever, despite all the hype with him and his old cronies. Kendal Jock

4:15pm Tue 14 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year
Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year snuggle-bunny

4:36pm Tue 14 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents
Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents snuggle-bunny

6:22pm Tue 14 May 13

laker1 says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents
Well at least she's back amongst friends - must have been hard all these years struggling to supress those old socialist ideals, mid I suppose she was in good company with Timmy
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents[/p][/quote]Well at least she's back amongst friends - must have been hard all these years struggling to supress those old socialist ideals, mid I suppose she was in good company with Timmy laker1

6:24pm Tue 14 May 13

laker1 says...

onelocal wrote:
The bigger issue here is that through their political in-fighting, back-stabbing and general incompetence, the LibDems have managed to put South Lakes under the control of Labour. In the last general election, labour had 2.2% of the vote in W & L, and have 3 councillors out of 51 at the district level, and those three all represent Ulverston (Keep it special). This means that the LibDems who were given a majority in the recent election, have sold the voters of South Lakes down the river, by opportunistically siding with Labour. The LibDems on the county council should be ashamed of themselves.
On the other hand, SLDC meetings should be more interesting with the Kendal and South gang of three taking on the Windermere gang of two. Just like the old days at the Palace disco in Bowness. LOL
Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER
[quote][p][bold]onelocal[/bold] wrote: The bigger issue here is that through their political in-fighting, back-stabbing and general incompetence, the LibDems have managed to put South Lakes under the control of Labour. In the last general election, labour had 2.2% of the vote in W & L, and have 3 councillors out of 51 at the district level, and those three all represent Ulverston (Keep it special). This means that the LibDems who were given a majority in the recent election, have sold the voters of South Lakes down the river, by opportunistically siding with Labour. The LibDems on the county council should be ashamed of themselves. On the other hand, SLDC meetings should be more interesting with the Kendal and South gang of three taking on the Windermere gang of two. Just like the old days at the Palace disco in Bowness. LOL[/p][/quote]Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER laker1

6:37pm Tue 14 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents
Is there a beginning then?
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents[/p][/quote]Is there a beginning then? Kendal Jock

6:41pm Tue 14 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

@Laker1
How right you are! Sit on the fence as usual, shouting the odds until a handy
bandwagon comes along. Unprincipled.
@Laker1 How right you are! Sit on the fence as usual, shouting the odds until a handy bandwagon comes along. Unprincipled. Kendal Jock

9:01pm Tue 14 May 13

onelocal says...

snuggle-bunny wrote:
Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year
Snuggle Bunny, for the last year reported, 2011/2012, the basic allowance for a CCC councillor, was just over £8000. For party leaders there was another £12000, whilst for portfolio holders £8000. This is just allowances, basically a wage, for being a councillor. Travel expenses are paid in addition. SLDC councillors received £3900 basic plus up to £6000 for portfolio leader. So for for the year 2011/2012, for example, Ian Stewart received almost £30000 allowances from both councils. Jon Stephenson received almost £16000, and was off the SLDC for most of the year. His wife received a further £ 11000 allowances plus expenses. This year this family will receive allowances, as leader of the LibDems on the County, portfolio holder at the District, combined with Spouse will be in excess of £40000. There are too many councillors double dipping, and even triple dipping when their spouses allowances are taken into account. This information is publically available on the councils' websites.
[quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year[/p][/quote]Snuggle Bunny, for the last year reported, 2011/2012, the basic allowance for a CCC councillor, was just over £8000. For party leaders there was another £12000, whilst for portfolio holders £8000. This is just allowances, basically a wage, for being a councillor. Travel expenses are paid in addition. SLDC councillors received £3900 basic plus up to £6000 for portfolio leader. So for for the year 2011/2012, for example, Ian Stewart received almost £30000 allowances from both councils. Jon Stephenson received almost £16000, and was off the SLDC for most of the year. His wife received a further £ 11000 allowances plus expenses. This year this family will receive allowances, as leader of the LibDems on the County, portfolio holder at the District, combined with Spouse will be in excess of £40000. There are too many councillors double dipping, and even triple dipping when their spouses allowances are taken into account. This information is publically available on the councils' websites. onelocal

11:46am Wed 15 May 13

laker1 says...

onelocal wrote:
snuggle-bunny wrote:
Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year
Snuggle Bunny, for the last year reported, 2011/2012, the basic allowance for a CCC councillor, was just over £8000. For party leaders there was another £12000, whilst for portfolio holders £8000. This is just allowances, basically a wage, for being a councillor. Travel expenses are paid in addition. SLDC councillors received £3900 basic plus up to £6000 for portfolio leader. So for for the year 2011/2012, for example, Ian Stewart received almost £30000 allowances from both councils. Jon Stephenson received almost £16000, and was off the SLDC for most of the year. His wife received a further £ 11000 allowances plus expenses. This year this family will receive allowances, as leader of the LibDems on the County, portfolio holder at the District, combined with Spouse will be in excess of £40000. There are too many councillors double dipping, and even triple dipping when their spouses allowances are taken into account. This information is publically available on the councils' websites.
Wouldn't it be nice if the Gazette took this up to make the majority of the population of our area aware. This is serious stuff
[quote][p][bold]onelocal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: Just out of curiosity- how much money did ccc councilors claim in expenses and allowances in the last financial year[/p][/quote]Snuggle Bunny, for the last year reported, 2011/2012, the basic allowance for a CCC councillor, was just over £8000. For party leaders there was another £12000, whilst for portfolio holders £8000. This is just allowances, basically a wage, for being a councillor. Travel expenses are paid in addition. SLDC councillors received £3900 basic plus up to £6000 for portfolio leader. So for for the year 2011/2012, for example, Ian Stewart received almost £30000 allowances from both councils. Jon Stephenson received almost £16000, and was off the SLDC for most of the year. His wife received a further £ 11000 allowances plus expenses. This year this family will receive allowances, as leader of the LibDems on the County, portfolio holder at the District, combined with Spouse will be in excess of £40000. There are too many councillors double dipping, and even triple dipping when their spouses allowances are taken into account. This information is publically available on the councils' websites.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't it be nice if the Gazette took this up to make the majority of the population of our area aware. This is serious stuff laker1

2:03pm Wed 15 May 13

redhairedgranny says...

"Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER”

The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it.

I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants
"Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER” The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it. I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants redhairedgranny

2:54pm Wed 15 May 13

fellsman says...

redhairedgranny wrote:
"Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER”

The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it.

I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants
Was it ever so!! Liberals campaign on a load of lies, but if Tim says it people believe him. I remember an article by Matthew Parris some time ago following one of Timmy's speeches at a party conference when he said something like "he tells lies, he know's he's lying and he knows we (the press) know he's lying but unfortunately, more people seem to believe him than not"
The calibre of some of their councillors is appalling, but people say repeatedly on the doorstep when campaigning "We are voting for Farron"! unfortunately they don't realise that they don't get him
[quote][p][bold]redhairedgranny[/bold] wrote: "Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER” The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it. I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants[/p][/quote]Was it ever so!! Liberals campaign on a load of lies, but if Tim says it people believe him. I remember an article by Matthew Parris some time ago following one of Timmy's speeches at a party conference when he said something like "he tells lies, he know's he's lying and he knows we (the press) know he's lying but unfortunately, more people seem to believe him than not" The calibre of some of their councillors is appalling, but people say repeatedly on the doorstep when campaigning "We are voting for Farron"! unfortunately they don't realise that they don't get him fellsman

5:14pm Wed 15 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

Kendal Jock wrote:
snuggle-bunny wrote:
Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents
Is there a beginning then?
good point
[quote][p][bold]Kendal Jock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snuggle-bunny[/bold] wrote: Nice to see clare freeney johnson in on the act- is there no end to her tallents[/p][/quote]Is there a beginning then?[/p][/quote]good point snuggle-bunny

5:17pm Wed 15 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

redhairedgranny wrote:
"Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER”

The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it.

I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants
i wasnt aware the libdems had any principles
[quote][p][bold]redhairedgranny[/bold] wrote: "Shouldn't be too surpised - we know from national politics that Liberal principles go out of the window if there's a chance of POWER” The most surprising thing to me is that anyone should think the Lib Dems have principles. After reading the bulls**t that was posted through my letter box by them prior to the council elections I was shocked that they can tell so many lies and untruths and get away with it. I'm now praying that the voters in South Lakeland will see through the mist and mirrors and see the Lib Dems for the really useless party that they are. All talk and no substance. What have they actually achieved in South Lakeland? Nothing, thats what. The plans for the hospital and the chemo/radiotherapy unit were made years and years ago when Tim Collins was our MP. Farron only jumps on the bandwagons that he feels are going to be vote winners, despite having no part in their planning. The man is an idiot surrounded by sycophants[/p][/quote]i wasnt aware the libdems had any principles snuggle-bunny

7:54am Thu 16 May 13

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I always wondered if Tim stood as an independent he would do much better. I vote for him and his party here because he is a decent politician and works hard for the area. I'm not really a lib dem but better to vote for them than the Tories. I'm sure the lib dems will do a fine job.
I always wondered if Tim stood as an independent he would do much better. I vote for him and his party here because he is a decent politician and works hard for the area. I'm not really a lib dem but better to vote for them than the Tories. I'm sure the lib dems will do a fine job. PropMeUpWithTeabags

9:24am Thu 16 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

PropMeUpWithTeabags wrote:
I always wondered if Tim stood as an independent he would do much better. I vote for him and his party here because he is a decent politician and works hard for the area. I'm not really a lib dem but better to vote for them than the Tories. I'm sure the lib dems will do a fine job.
What sort of tea are you on?
He makes sure he's seen and heard to
"apparently" be working hard. Working hard to slang everyone else more like, and a non-achiever to boot, with friends
in the Gazette"presumably".
[quote][p][bold]PropMeUpWithTeabags[/bold] wrote: I always wondered if Tim stood as an independent he would do much better. I vote for him and his party here because he is a decent politician and works hard for the area. I'm not really a lib dem but better to vote for them than the Tories. I'm sure the lib dems will do a fine job.[/p][/quote]What sort of tea are you on? He makes sure he's seen and heard to "apparently" be working hard. Working hard to slang everyone else more like, and a non-achiever to boot, with friends in the Gazette"presumably". Kendal Jock

1:15pm Thu 16 May 13

davidearnshaw says...

redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago
redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago davidearnshaw

1:40pm Thu 16 May 13

laker1 says...

davidearnshaw wrote:
redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago
And here endeth the lesson from another liberal
[quote][p][bold]davidearnshaw[/bold] wrote: redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago[/p][/quote]And here endeth the lesson from another liberal laker1

2:13pm Thu 16 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

laker1 wrote:
davidearnshaw wrote:
redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago
And here endeth the lesson from another liberal
@Laker1
"And here endeth the lesson from another liberal" Exactly! and handsomely
paid too.
[quote][p][bold]laker1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davidearnshaw[/bold] wrote: redhairedgranny ---- what a load of tosh ----- I know, because I have worked in the NHS system for 40 years, that without all the recent constant hard work and pushing of the heirarchy by Tim Farron -- not Tim Collins, that Cancer Services would not have come to the fore at Westmorland General; he was a tower of strength when attempts were made to really downgrade Kendal Hospital --- we may not have retained all we wished for there, but with his constant handle on the situation we came out of the fight with a better than hoped for outcome ---- now we need to be united behind him to keep the pressure on for more Hospital services to be returned to Kendal ------ please stop all this cynical Tim bashing --- his work load for and dedication to improving this South lakes / Cumbria Community is second to non --- he produces results for the betterment of the area across many spectrums and individuals with seemingly impossible situations; don't forget ----- it was a Tory led Health Scrutiny Committee that sealed the downgrading fate of Westmorland General Hospital 5 yrs ago[/p][/quote]And here endeth the lesson from another liberal[/p][/quote]@Laker1 "And here endeth the lesson from another liberal" Exactly! and handsomely paid too. Kendal Jock

3:56pm Thu 16 May 13

redhairedgranny says...

Cynical? Me? I dont think so. Just someone who is sick to the back teeth of the Lib Dem lies pouring out from the Smokehouse yard propaganda factory. Lies, half truths, smear campaigns. The Lib Dems are good at that. That is the ONLY achievment Farron and his cohorts have made, in my eyes and the eyes of an increasing number of others. One day all this will turn round and bite him on the backside. I await that day with great anticipation.
Cynical? Me? I dont think so. Just someone who is sick to the back teeth of the Lib Dem lies pouring out from the Smokehouse yard propaganda factory. Lies, half truths, smear campaigns. The Lib Dems are good at that. That is the ONLY achievment Farron and his cohorts have made, in my eyes and the eyes of an increasing number of others. One day all this will turn round and bite him on the backside. I await that day with great anticipation. redhairedgranny

5:04pm Thu 16 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

redhairedgranny wrote:
Cynical? Me? I dont think so. Just someone who is sick to the back teeth of the Lib Dem lies pouring out from the Smokehouse yard propaganda factory. Lies, half truths, smear campaigns. The Lib Dems are good at that. That is the ONLY achievment Farron and his cohorts have made, in my eyes and the eyes of an increasing number of others. One day all this will turn round and bite him on the backside. I await that day with great anticipation.
Hear! Hear!
[quote][p][bold]redhairedgranny[/bold] wrote: Cynical? Me? I dont think so. Just someone who is sick to the back teeth of the Lib Dem lies pouring out from the Smokehouse yard propaganda factory. Lies, half truths, smear campaigns. The Lib Dems are good at that. That is the ONLY achievment Farron and his cohorts have made, in my eyes and the eyes of an increasing number of others. One day all this will turn round and bite him on the backside. I await that day with great anticipation.[/p][/quote]Hear! Hear! Kendal Jock

5:46pm Sun 19 May 13

kendalwasgreat says...

Coun Stephenson said: “This is a fresh start for the people of Cumbria. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver a council that works for the people throughout the county.......is he trying to say previous councils have not worked for the people of cumbria, if so have previous councillors been getting paid under false pretences, and if so can we get our monies back or sue them for fraud
Coun Stephenson said: “This is a fresh start for the people of Cumbria. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver a council that works for the people throughout the county.......is he trying to say previous councils have not worked for the people of cumbria, if so have previous councillors been getting paid under false pretences, and if so can we get our monies back or sue them for fraud kendalwasgreat

6:02pm Sun 19 May 13

laker1 says...

kendalwasgreat wrote:
Coun Stephenson said: “This is a fresh start for the people of Cumbria. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver a council that works for the people throughout the county.......is he trying to say previous councils have not worked for the people of cumbria, if so have previous councillors been getting paid under false pretences, and if so can we get our monies back or sue them for fraud
And this is Councillor Stephenson who, together with his wife will collect over £40K salary this year plus expenses and she has one of the worst attendance records at SLDC (See gravy train thread)
[quote][p][bold]kendalwasgreat[/bold] wrote: Coun Stephenson said: “This is a fresh start for the people of Cumbria. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to deliver a council that works for the people throughout the county.......is he trying to say previous councils have not worked for the people of cumbria, if so have previous councillors been getting paid under false pretences, and if so can we get our monies back or sue them for fraud[/p][/quote]And this is Councillor Stephenson who, together with his wife will collect over £40K salary this year plus expenses and she has one of the worst attendance records at SLDC (See gravy train thread) laker1

6:13pm Sun 19 May 13

snuggle-bunny says...

says it all- I'll do it for 30k- thus saving the taxpayer 10 k
says it all- I'll do it for 30k- thus saving the taxpayer 10 k snuggle-bunny

6:31pm Sun 19 May 13

Kendal Jock says...

I'd do it just for the expenses! gravy train right enough. This seems to be commonplace in all the public services. Big money, big allowances and little to show for it, yet nobody gets the push for poor performance or mess ups and, nobody is to blame of course.
Try doing the same in the private sector.
I'd do it just for the expenses! gravy train right enough. This seems to be commonplace in all the public services. Big money, big allowances and little to show for it, yet nobody gets the push for poor performance or mess ups and, nobody is to blame of course. Try doing the same in the private sector. Kendal Jock

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