Thursday, 13 November 2014
City's Minister Under Pressure as Cracks Begin to Form in Tory Led Council.
Minister for Portsmouth, Mathhew Hancock
LESS than six months after taking control cracks have started to form in the Tory led Portsmouth City Council, TBG can reveal.
With a helping hand from Labour and UKIP TBG can sensationally reveal that a motion proposed by John Ferrett to ask David Cameron to scrap the title of 'Minister for Portsmouth' almost won the day.
Instead, after an incredible intervention from Portsmouth South Lib Dems P.P.C. Gerald Vernon Jackson, the council is to write to Mr Cameron asking for Matthew Hancock to be replaced with a different leading political figure.
The role was created to help the city cope with jobs cut by BAE Systems in the local shipyard, tasked with bringing growth to the city. It's a huge embarrassment for local Tories who see Mr Hancock as a central figure for promoting the city.
The development happened at the same council meeting that heard of proposals of cuts to local women's refuge, community centres and adult social care in order to save £13 million from what's set to be a crucial budget in the new year.
Portfolio holder Luke Stubbs told TBG that he thinks, "It's going to be a tough few months ahead."
He can say that again.
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