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Jeremy Hilton: Why you should vote Liberal Democrat in Gloucester

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Jeremy Hilton, Liberal Democrat group leader

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With the Gloucester City Council elections taking place on May 22, public affairs reporter Michael Wilkinson asked the leaders of the three political groups on the council why readers should vote for their party.

JEREMY HILTON, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

The financial affairs of the city council are tenuous. The Tory administration squandered £240,000 on additional audit fees because of the late filing of the council’s accounts – money that could have been better spent on council services.

Under the Tories, the political and professional management of the city council has been in decline. Liberal Democrats will work hard to resolve outstanding management issues in the next twelve months.

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Recently, we stopped the Tories offloading the freehold of Llanthony Secunda Priory to the management trust that runs the priory, without proper safeguards. This now cannot proceed until stage two of Heritage Lottery funding is secured.

Gloucester must become a better place to live and work, Liberal Democrats will:

1. Improve council’s financial control

2. Levy a “Tesco Tax” on large out of town retail stores raising up to £2m per year to support the city centre’s economy

3. Deliver the Kings Quarter regeneration scheme including a new bus station

4. Construct social and affordable housing

5. Protect and enhance our open spaces

6. Maintain our council’s interest in the 50% ownership of Gloucestershire Airport

7. Work towards the cathedral becoming a World Heritage Site

8. Build new city centre public toilets

9. Introduce free Wi-Fi in the city centre

10. Freeze garden waste collection charges

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 23 2014, 2:02AM

    I believe it is entirely possible that "cockwomble" is the most eloquent one-word insult known to man. I take my hat off to you, 8589Brian!

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  • 8589brian  |  May 22 2014, 4:04PM

    Jeremy Hilton is a cockwomble

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 22 2014, 2:25PM

    Sorry, no vote from me. One of the Liberal councillors was in the paper a few weeks ago whinging and whining about come concrete of bollards that had fallen over in Kingsholm. Although he considered them a "danger" to residents, he couldn't even be bothered to tell a couple of his council employees to go round a pick them up and instead used it as a photo opportunity to get his name in the paper on the run up to the elections. No - we want "do-ers" not expenses-grabbing oxygen thieves, thank you very much!

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  • 8589brian  |  May 19 2014, 7:54PM

    Haven't those yellow Tory's blown their only chance of power and will probably need to go through a complete name change and reshuffle after the General Election...I for one cannot wait to see the back of these venomous back stabbers.

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  • Lecorche  |  May 19 2014, 7:27PM

    Does anyone believe what a Lib-Dem has to say any more since they showed how adept they are at turncoat?

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  • scruff_top  |  May 19 2014, 5:42PM

    No chance

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  • SELINA30  |  May 19 2014, 3:10PM

    Its the Lib Dems that have been propping up the Tories. Its hard to tell them apart. That's why they are so low in the polls.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  May 19 2014, 3:06PM

    I only trust people or politicians once, so sorry Mr Hilton. You lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas I'm affraid.

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 19 2014, 2:41PM

    LibDem = Tory lapdog..... no thanks. NEXT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • mikehibby  |  May 19 2014, 2:16PM

    Interesting that the Tories get mentioned twice before Jeremy gets round to talking about his own party politics...

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