LOCAL ELECTIONS 2018: Rochdale Labour Leader Says Vote Labour Or Lose Funding
Councillor Allen Brett, the Labour leader of Rochdale Council is under investigation after he threatened to withhold money from wards where Labour was not “successful”. In an audio recording which was published on the community news website, Rochdale Online Councillor Brett is heard saying £12m has been ‘put into roads and pavements in Rochdale’ – cash which he says would be split between Rochdale’s four townships.
He says he’s been given an ‘indicative list’ and continues:
“But I am not releasing it (the money) because I’ll deny I’ve said this and I’m very reluctant to say it even in this room. If we don’t do successful (sic) in one ward, I might not spend any money in that ward.
You can work that out but I’ll deny I’ve said it. I will.
Because I’m not having it…like I was canvassing yesterday to be told in Milnrow that…”
Councillor Brett said that he was “disappointed” that the remarks, made at a private meeting, were recorded and leaked and that he would be launching an inquiry. However, Lee Seville, Chairman of Rochdale UKIP said that the councillors comments raised serious questions which needed answers:
Councillor Brett seems to be more concerned with the fact he’s been caught. As far as his comments were “off-the-cuff remarks” in the recording he’s clearly heard telling the meeting that he shouldn’t be saying what he’s saying, yet he continued. I have no doubt he meant what he said and he thought he was in trusted company. Other questions need answering regarding the funding the council has suddenly “found”, as one councillor put it.