councils, deputy prime minister John Prescott told BBC Radio Four's Today
programme this morning.
well in its local authorities and our cities are getting better, cleaner,
safer', Mr Prescott said.
Quoting Audit Commission figures, he said: 'If you look at the local
authorities in their comparisons, 46 per cent of Labour councils are in the
excellent category, Tories 34 per cent. If you look at council tax, we've
increased by 4.7 per cent on average, Tories 5.4 per cent'.
The Conservatives are hoping to win more seats in urban authorities, local
government spokesman Caroline Spelman, told the programme.
She would not give the Conservatives' targets for seats at the local
elections, but said: 'We hope to make some progress in city councils...
Since we are a party which aspires to be the government of this country, it
is very important that we have a base in the cities as well as the
countryside and the suburbs'.