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Labour candidate slams Conservative’s ‘fair deal’ comment

A would-be MP and member of the county council’s Labour administration has hit back at criticism from the Conservatives, claiming comments about a fair deal for the county reveal that the Tories are ‘out of touch’.

Last week, Conservative politicians pointed out that Northumberland County Council will lose just one per cent of its budget in the proposed local government finance deal, below the national average of 1.8 per cent.

Conservative Group Leader Coun Peter Jackson said: “This Government is giving a fair deal to Northumberland and the council should be able to deliver sensible savings while protecting front-line services for local taxpayers.”

But Labour’s parliamentary candidate and the county council’s business chairman, Scott Dickinson, hit back, saying the £3million cut was on top of £44million-worth of savings already announced.

He said: “How can the sacking of thousands of employees at the council, huge plans for privatisations where hundreds more would lose their jobs and a cost of living crisis designed in Tory central office be a ‘fair deal for Northumberland’?