The council tax system was 'outrageously rigged', complained Mr Straw when asked of the higher spending Labour councils. 'If a band for band comparison was accurate you'd expect that where're you are spending more the council tax would be higher. But in Liverpool band D tax is £867 and in Westminster £245 - only 30% of Liverpool's figure but Liverpool spends less per head.'
Not only were Labour on average £40 cheaper, said Mr Straw, but they gave value for money quality services.
Labour has spearheaded effective local investment. He said: 'Wise investment by Labour Birmingham has transformed the centre of that great city, improved housing, led to the creation of two science parks, and generated jobs.