Magazine article Public Finance

Coalition Is Still Strong, Says LGA LibDem Leader

Magazine article Public Finance

Coalition Is Still Strong, Says LGA LibDem Leader

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A senior Liberal Democrat councillor has insisted there are 'no cracks' in the coalition - despite an outspoken attack on the government by another LibDem councillor over Building Schools for the Future.

Last week, the leader of Liverpool CiU' Council's LibDem group. Warren Bradley, said Education Secretary Michael Cove's decision to axe the Labour government's national school rebuilding programme was 'unforgiveable' and made hJm 'physically sick'.

The coalition government's cuts policies would destroy the LibDem party, he warned. ? will not be toeing the national party line, just because we're in a weak coalition. That will deliver nothing to the LibDems except total electoral decimation.'

But Richard Kemp, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at the Local Government Association and a fellow Liverpool councillor, said Bradley was speaking only for himself. Out of about 100 LibDem councillors present at a meeting at last week's LGA annual conference, only Bradley called into question the future of the coalition, said Kemp. …

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