Thursday, 6 September 2007

Redcar Lib Dems slam Labour’s abandoning of Yorkshire

Liberal Democrat Councillors on Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council have condemned Labour’s decision to axe the word “Yorkshire” from the council’s official address.

The 27 votes to 23 decision came today at a meeting of the Council. The Labour-dominated authority decided instead to use the term “Redcar & Cleveland” on the Town Hall address.

Labour also refused to allow the public to have their say in a referendum on the issue.

Councillor Chris Abbott, Lib Dem Group Leader said:

“This is an act of cultural vandalism. The North Riding of Yorkshire has never been abolished for cultural, ceremonial, sporting and postal purposes. Our borough is still a part of Yorkshire.”

Redcar Lib Dem Councillor Josie Crawford added:

“Labour said they would be open and transparent, and take the Council to the people. Yet they refuse to give the people the opportunity to have their say on it.”

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