Labour’s new cabinet
South Tyneside leadership considering options
It will soon be time for the leadership of the Labour Party in South Tyneside to announce the formation/membership of it’s cabinet for the new municipal year, and with Hebburn Cllr. Eddie McAtominey’s suspension from the Labour Party expiring soon it will be interesting to find out if there is a chair at the table waiting for him, as a former cabinet member he has the experience that his colleagues may be missing.
Others who perhaps may be being considered include Cllr. Jim Perry, Cllr. John McCabe, and Cllr. Linda Waggott.
The biggest trouble is with the current cabinet, and the next, not a single one of them has any experience at all in making radical cuts to budgets and no experience at all in reducing council tax rates! Regardless of which party wins the next general election it is now generally accepted that massive cuts in public expenditure will be a fact of life as they grapple with a huge budget deficit, local government will not escape this reality. The Labour leadership on South Tyneside Council should be thinking NOW of how they will manage the expectations of central government and how they can reduce the burdens on local council tax payers rather than continuing offering choices of ever increasing taxation!