Cash-strapped Council pays PR guru £66,000 per year as services are cut.

Gold Star PR from Matthew Finnegan

A leading Labour Council has caused uproar by paying a P.R consultant £66,000 a year with taxpayer money whilst essential services are cut.

Salford Council, which includes the constituency of Hazel Blears, is paying Mayor Ian Stewart's P.R. man Matt Finnegan the sum with effect of October 12th last year.

Conservative Group Leader Karen Garrido said his pay is "appalling" and has called for his resignation.

Mr Finnegan worked for Tony Blair in the run up to the 1997 General Election.

Salford Council is scheduled to cut its services to the tune of £18 Million next month and 150 jobs are at risk.

Mr Finnegan used to do the same job for Liverpool Council and has been dubbed "the Alastair Campbell of the north".

The wage bill now seems to be inflated as in November the Labour Council in Liverpool, whom are also cutting essential services blaming cuts to funding from Central Government, hired a PR guru at £90,000 per year.