NORTH Tyneside doesn’t contain too many marginal parliamentary or council seats.
Therefore it is unlikely that Labour in North Tyneside will pay a high price for accepting a 24% increase in councillors’ allowances.
Yet it is quite possible that those councillors could find themselves dragged out as Exhibit A when the Conservatives want to make a point about profligate and selfish Labour councils. Which they will.
Cuts in jobs and services at North Tyneside Council may have been a necessary result of the squeeze put on the borough by the Government – but it makes the rise in allowances look so much more crass.
The council’s defence – that the rise in allowances was recommended by an independent body – sounds lame. That’s because it IS lame.
Did Labour in North Tyneside really want to give Eric Pickles a stick with which to beat Ed Miliband? Because that is what they have done.