Lib Dems and MP boycott £3K civic partyBy Victoria Corbett
February 18, 2009
Wokingham Liberal Democrats councillors and Tory MP John Redwood have united to boycott a soirée costing £3,000 to taxpayers.
The invitation-only grand do for councillors and local dignitaries is being hosted next month by Wokingham Borough councillor and mayor Pauline Helliar Symons at Arborfield Garrison.
The town's Liberal Democrats have decided not to attend the party, branding it inappropriate in recession time and given that the council has just announced a swath of redundancies costing £500,000.
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Mr Redwood has also refused to take part, advising the council to save cash in the current financial climate.
Responding to widespread criticism this week, Cllr Helliar-Symons said: “The cost is so little that I fail to see how [the money] could do anything of use in the community."
With £3,000, charity Keep Mobile, which provide transport for the elderly and the disabled across Wokingham and Bracknell Forest, could fund 30 day trips for 20 people.
- More in this week's Wokingham Times.