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Northants MPs: 'No confidence' in county's leadership

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Northamptonshire CC’s financial problems were “self-inflicted” due to an inability to balance the books, a group of local MPs said in a joint statement.

The MPs’ statement cites a “damning” peer review by the LGA which reported “no financial strategy to deliver a sustainable position” and a “very short-term focus” by management.

The seven Tory MPs in the county to have signed the statement are Michael Ellis, Andrew Lewer, Chris Heaton-Harris, Andrea Leadsom, Philip Hollobone, Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove.

“As Conservative MPs for Northamptonshire we have been concerned with how the cabinet at Northamptonshire County Council have conducted its financial management for a number of years,” the MPs said in the statement.

“Whilst we knew things were not right, when we have approached members of the cabinet at the county council, we have been repeatedly told, even as recently as December 2017, that the county council would be able to balance its budget.

“It should be noted that the county’s financial problems are self-inflicted.”

The statement mentions the MP’s confidence in backbench county councillors and in council administrative staff, who “constantly deliver good services in tough circumstances”, before continuing to criticise senior management.

“We have no confidence in the leadership of the county council and the majority of the existing cabinet,” the MPs said.


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