Saturday, September 04, 2010

Top Sandwell Tory - so ashamed of Gove, she defects to Labour

Following Michael Gove's abandonment of the Building Schools for the Future and his dismissal of the pupils and parents of Sandwell, who had their entire plans for school restructuring thrown into disarray by his sudden decision, the former deputy leader of the Tory group on the council, Elaine Costigan, has resigned from the party and crossed the floor to Labour.
This community has been treated with utter contempt by the government over the slashing of the school building programme and when Michael Gove backed out of his promise to come and apologise to the parents, pupils and staff he had so badly let down, I felt ashamed to be a Conservative.

In her resignation letter, she added
Sandwell desperately needs new investment in its schools yet this government has not only abandoned the children of my community but it has treated them disgracefully. The sudden withdrawal of funding for new schools the day after it was confirmed, the refusal to listen to local people and the Secretary of State’s breaking of his promise to apologise to the parents, pupils and staff, all show a government that to say does not seem to care about this community. I can no longer bite my lip and pretend that the way the Conservative-led coalition has treated Sandwell is OK. It is not, and I cannot be a member of a party that condones their actions.

Always nice when they see the light.

Anyone from the Coventry Tory group feel the same?

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