Cut-call councillors likened to Captain Pugwash characters
BOLTON’S Liberal Democrats were likened to the cast of children’s TV show Captain Pugwash after they called for a reduction in the number of borough councillors.
Lib Dem group leader Cllr Roger Hayes tabled a motion at full council asking the authority to carry out a review, saying elected members should “share the pain” of spending cuts and job losses.
He also said the amount of allowances paid to councillors with special responsibilities should be cut.
But the motion was shot down by Labour, while the Conservatives were split on the issue.
Cllr Hayes produced a list of other authorities which he said had more residents per councillor than Bolton, including Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Coventry.
He said: “Most councillors work very hard, but so do most council employees, they do a very good job and we’re asking some of them to go.”
Conservative Cllr Bob Allen added: “We have to be shown to share the pain. We’ve got three, but I suggest each ward has two at the next election.”
But Labour’s Guy Harkin branded the motion “vulgar populism”.
He said: “I can understand why they want a reduction, they’ve gone from 21 to three without it having any impact whatsoever.
“Cllr Hayes reminds me of Captain Pugwash aboard the Black Pig pirate ship, Cllr Radlett is Master Mate and Cllr Swarbrick is Maggie Lafayette, and they’ve been thrown overboard by the Bolton electorate.”
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