Unholy alliance of Labour and Conservatives vote through new Liverpool City Region ‘Combined Authority’ September 27th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Unholy alliance of Labour and Conservatives vote through new Liverpool City Region ‘Combined Authority’ The controlling Labour majority on Sefton Council, supported by the Conservatives, has voted to formally become a part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority despite the efforts of the opposition Lib Dem group. At an Extraordinary Council Meeting, held at BootleTown Hall on Friday evening, Labour and Conservative councillors supported the move to give powers over transport and economic development to the new ‘Combined Authority’ which comprises 6 Labour council bosses. A Lib Dem amendment, voicing concerns over inadequate arrangements for scrutiny and transparency, was voted down by the combined weight of Labour and most of the Conservatives. Councillor Tony Robertson, Deputy Lib Dem Leader, deplored the fact that there had been no serious attempt to include West Lancashire despite the close links between that area and places such as Southport, Maghull and Lydiate. Councillor Nigel Ashton, who represents Churchtown and Crossens, also attacked the proposal, saying: “We are very concerned that the new ‘Combined Authority’ will simply be 6 Labour council bosses. There need to be some checks and balances, but it could well be that is nothing more than scrutiny by another 12 Labour councillors. That is a recipe for bad governance.” Full details on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority proposal are at: http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/g7565/Public%20reports%20pack%2027th-Sep-2013%2018.00%20Council.pdf?T=10 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!