Torridge leader's scathing attack on Exeter unitary decision

JAMES Morrish, Leader of Torridge District Council, described the Government decision to grant unitary authority status to Exeter as a travesty. The Government seems to be supporting one particular man s political future - Ben Bradshaw s – at the co

JAMES Morrish, Leader of Torridge District Council, described the Government decision to grant unitary authority status to Exeter as a "travesty."

"The Government seems to be supporting one particular man's political future - Ben Bradshaw's - at the cost of every other tax payer outside the city of Exeter," he claimed.

"This is clear evidence to me that today's Government is just playing political games with our local communities here in Devon. It is totally ridiculous that government themselves appointed a very expensive Boundary Committee to establish the views of the public and then ignored their proposals.

"The Boundary Committee threw out the Exeter bid at a very early stage with the Chairman, Max Caller, saying in a number of public meetings, that the Exeter bid was, and is, dead in the water. Government also said that the Exeter bid could not be successful because financially it did not stack up.


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"So the only conclusion I can draw is that the government itself - and in particular I hold the minister John Denham completely responsible - is trying to give what I see as a helping hand in getting Labour's blue eyed boy, Ben Bradshaw, re-elected in the general election at the expense of every tax payer outside of Exeter City."

The decision on unitary status for Exeter means that the rest of Devon will retain the current two-tier local government system, leaving Torridge District Council and North Devon Council in being.

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