Inside Politics with Mike Wilkinson
LITTER wars have begun in Barton and there is all sorts of rubbish flying around.
Barton's Conservative councillor Saj Patel, who is the city's environment guru aka cabinet member, poked that his Labour rival Usman Bhaimia had not bothered to attend two recent litter picks in the area.
Meanwhile, on the ground in Barton Street, dumped furniture items are appearing.
Usman, who is all too familiar with posing for photos next to overflowing bins, has defended his litter record. In fact he went as far as taking a clean sweep at his blue rival Saj.
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He said: "This is another gimmick by the Tory council. They are getting people to volunteer to pick up rubbish while cutting the staff whose job it was to do just that."
CITY Labour officials were left red-faced recently when they were apparently booted out of Eastgate Street after setting up a stall there without the necessary permission.
City councillor Kate Haigh rocked up with her Labour pals to promote the party's stance on the NHS.
But Kate's Tory rival, city council leader Paul James took to Twitter to gloat about Labour being evicted from the street. He said: "My spies tell me that Gloucester Labour Party were ejected from Eastgate Street for setting up a stall without a licence. #youknowtherules".
Within minutes Kate hit back, proclaiming: "We were not ejected #getthefactsstraight".
When quizzed about what had really happened, Labour blamed it on a "diary mix up". They got their dates wrong basically.
A CHORUS of Conservatives were found bleating about the Lib Dems in a meeting the other night. Actually make that one Lib Dem.
Jeremy Hilton, leader of the city's Lib Dems, was horrified that Gloucester City Council's cabinet members want to give up their access rights to the historic Llanthony Secunda Priory. He was aghast that the council would no longer be able to buy back the priory off the Trust that runs it for a quid if it all went belly-up.
In a conversation with his opposite number, Paul James, he pleaded with him not to approve the giveaway until the Trust had given a presentation about their plans.
But it was not meant to be. There were echoes around the room as Conservative councillors skewered Mr Hilton's proposal.
Councillor Jennie Dallimore said: "I don't share Councillor Hilton's fears. We have no reason to doubt the Trust's ambitions."
Jeremy said: "Our only level of protection will be down to the planning process and that is always problematic.
Being able to buy it back for £1 if it falters makes sense to me."
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