Northumberland Labour leader Councillor Scott Dickinson says a political attack for what should have been the opportunity to carry out positive cross-party work is unjustified and unwelcome.

Scott Dickinson said: “The Local Plan for the county has been developed since 2009 to protect communities, find homes, investment and jobs.

“I led Northumberland Labour councillors in supporting the plan and said that parties should put their differences aside to work together in the interests of everyone living in the county.

“Imagine my disappointment and surprise when this offer of joint working was was turned into a political attack.

“I offered to draw the line for the benefit of Northumbrians and this was thrown back in my face.

“I am at a loss as to why this behaviour took place when protecting the communities, homes, investment and jobs for Northumbrians should be at the top of all councillors’ agendas.

On behalf of Northumberland Labour, I am still keen to work cross-party for the benefit of everyone living in this wonderful county. I look forward to reopening more constructive discussions with Tory councillors on this vital part of the council’s business.”

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