Political spat after Labour stall 'ejected' from city over licence
A POLITICAL spat has broken out about an unlicensed Labour stall that was set up in Gloucester city centre.
The row burst after Gloucester City Council's Conservative leader Paul James posted on Twitter and Facebook that his spies had told him Gloucester Labour Party were "ejected from Eastgate Street for setting up a stall without a licence".
But Labour leader of the council Kate Haigh said the stall she ran on Friday wasn't ejected at all.
The stall was collecting names for a petition to "save the NHS".
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Councillor Haigh said: "There was a mix up. We thought we had a licence but it hadn't got put in the diary.
"We explained to the (Gloucester City Centre Market Services) manager and he was satisfied with our explanation.
"I think there are more important issues for councillors in the city to be concerned about than whether or not there is an administrative misunderstanding over a street stall licence.
"The most important issue is what is happening to the NHS under [Prime Minister David] Cameron," she said.
Another Conservative on the city council Paul Toleman, who represents the Westgate ward, later also weighed in on Facebook.
He suggested Labour should have applied for a pedlars license then they could "wander about aimlessly peddling" their proposals.
"They should be good at that," he wrote.
Mr Toleman told The Citizen yesterday that Ms Haigh should have been sure of her booking for the stall before running it.
"There are rules. She should have had confirmation of her booking to get a temporary licence or somebody else could have been there," said Mr Toleman.
"We should save the NHS from the Labour Party," he added.
Kay Mills, chair of Gloucester Constituency Labour Party, wasn't there on Friday but normally helps Ms Haigh with the stall.
She agreed there'd been a hiccup but said "health and homes and jobs are the most important things with the NHS the one people worry about most."