Parties clash over Newport parking row
PARKING ROW: Newport council is pressing ahead with plans to end the two hours’ free parking in council-run city-centre car parks
A SENIOR opposition councillor has launched a withering attack on the Labour Party leadership in Newport and criticised Labour councillors for lacking courage.
Allt-yr-yn councillor David Fouweather launched the scathing critique of Cllr Bob Bright’s leadership, including the Labour group’s handling of the decision to axe two hours’ free parking in the council’s city centre car parks.
Cllr Fouweather said: “As we all know, Cllr Chris Evans took a very brave decision to defy the Labour whip and abstain on the parking motion at the last council.
“I believe that many of the new Labour councillors would also have liked to defy the whip but lacked the courage to do so.
“If they want to change Newport for the better they really have to stand up for themselves over a domineering out-of-date local Labour party.
“It seems to me that the leadership of the Labour Party have become tired and have lost grip of the issues that matter in Newport.
Perhaps it is time for a change of leader. Let’s hope that Cllr Chris Evans puts his name forward.”
His criticism came after Cllrs Tom Bond and Kate Thomas performed U-turns in a vote on the decision to keep free parking.
Both voted against saving the scheme despite previously expressing concerns about axing it in an official council report on the issue.
Cllr Evans responded by jokingly suggesting perhaps Cllr Fouweather should challenge David Cameron for the Tory Party leadership.
Cllr Evans, said: “I will be very clear: I have complete confidence in Cllr Bright and the cabinet.”
Cllr Bright was unavailable for comment.