Remember I wrote about Gwyneth Dunwoody's astonishing attack on Hazel Blears earlier this week? It appears I missed the follow up by her Cheshire colleague Mike Hall, MP for the Weaver Vale constituency, said in the debate on Monday.
My hon. Friend finished by saying that there was cynicism at the heart of the decision to create two unitary authorities in Cheshire. I ask the House to consider this for cynicism. Two weeks ago, we should have had the announcement
that we were to get two unitary local authorities in Cheshire. It was delayed. My hon. Friend went to see the Chief Whip and said, “If you go ahead with the announcement, I will resign from the parliamentary Labour party, I will campaign against this decision and I will vote against the parliamentary Labour party on Europe.” And we are accused of being cynical. I hope that that puts the record straight, and that this proposal goes ahead with the support of my hon. Friends
and of the people in the two areas, which will be better served by having unitary local government than by the current two-tier system.
I'm, not aware of any response by Mrs Dunwoody, but do enlighten me...