Labour has accused the Conservatives of “letting down the people of Northumberland” after more than a decade in power has seen promises broken and major projects still not delivered.
The criticism comes as the Government prepares to launch its new Levelling Up Fund, billed as a means of investing in different areas of the country. Yet the Tory track record shows that much of this investment should have come years ago.
With the risk of all readers we just need to look at the A1 as a clear example of this, or many other promises broken will spring to peoples minds locally.
These local failures are part of a broader national picture where:
· Not a single one of the 200,000 starter homes the Conservatives promised in 2015 has been built, despite nearly £200 million being spent
· The Government has been forced to concede it will not keep its promise to deliver nationwide gigabit broadband rollout by 2025, and now looks highly likely to miss even its reduced target of 85% coverage
· The Government has refurbished less than half of the schools it had promised by this year, and the programme has been delayed by four years and is running £300 million over budget
Northumberland Labour Group Shadow Cabinet Member Lynne Grimshaw is calling on the Government to “make up for past mistakes” and will be urging the local Conservatives with an equally poor record to submit a bid to the Levelling Up Fund in order to secure investment for Northumberland that is long overdue.
Cllr Lynne Grimshaw said:
“For far too long, the Conservatives have been letting down the people of Northumberland.
“The Conservatives make endless promises, but when it comes down to it they’re all talk and no action.
“The Government needs to make up for past mistakes and give Northumberland the investment it needs. Labour will be pushing them to do just that.”