With less than two weeks to go until the Gloucester City Council and European Parliament elections on May 22, the Gloucester Citizen’s public affairs reporter Mike Wilkinson asked David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to explain why the people of Gloucester should back their party.
NICK CLEGG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Earlier this week, I launched the Liberal Democrats’ local election campaign. These local elections are different for the Liberal Democrats; we are not the party of the protest anymore; we are a serious party of government – nationally and locally.
Here in Gloucester, the local liberal Democrats have been working hard. Your local Lib Dem councillors have secured an agreement with the minority Tory party to freeze council tax four years in a row and are pushing for further regeneration of the King’s Quarter project. They have ensured there is a proper discussion over the future of the old prison site and have blocked Tory attempts to increase charges for garden waste collection.
And that’s not all, the local party is fighting for sound financial management of the city council by reducing waste and cutting additional auditing costs. Across England there are examples of Labour and Tory councils signing off cheques on gimmicks and vanity projects without a second thought while families are being careful and watching every penny. It’s no surprise too that in every council where there is a Lib Dem majority we are freezing council tax, while protecting essential services from cuts.
The Liberal Democrats, whether it be in council chambers, Westminster or Europe will stand up for the things that matter most to people in difficult times – their money, their jobs, their families. We stand for fairer taxes and an economic plan that doesn’t just rely on cuts but investment too – investment in roads, rail and businesses – the things local communities need to thrive.
The Liberal Democrats are standing in all fifteen wards in Gloucester with Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Cllr Phil McLellan, Cllr Chris Witts and Cllr Jim Beeley all standing for re-election, standing so they can fight for you.
If you want a party that will work hard for you, that is brave enough to stand up to UKIP and will deliver both a stronger economy and fairer society, vote for your local Liberal Democrat team on May 22.