Lynne Cardwell (above, right) is a Labour activist. She is one of the more prominent victims of Labour Party mis-management in the area.
Tom Levitt MP, in his Buxton Advertiser column (11 June), speaks about Lynne. He unconsciously revealed how decent, hard-working Labour supporters like Lynne have been badly let down.
In New Mills a corrupt, dishonest Labour administration was in the town hall for years. A few factual examples from their track record in this respect:
- their electoral fraud, after the town referendum was called over the courthouse and they stopped it from taking place;
- they defrauded a High Peak resident by engineering a spurious claim that his property was a 'village green';
- for years they had a local postman bragging in the press and elsewhere that he was 'Leader of the Town Council', even though no such public office exists nor has ever existed;
- they mindlessly opposed and obstructed beneficial developments put forward by ordinary people outside their clique, meanwhile hypocritically pushing their pet scheme, Sir Martin Doughty's grandiose courthouse development, as far as it would go;
- they flouted planning legislation by organising a garish modern 'youth shelter' to go up in the grounds of a listed building, in a conservation area, and in green belt - but all with no planning permission being applied for;
- they promoted the dismal act of trespassing as something to be 'celebrated';
... and so on and so on.
The list in New Mills is surprisingly long, considering just how small the town is.
Oblivious to all the damage caused by their own politicians running the town hall, when pronouncing upon the recent election results Labour's Tom Levitt MP dismissively claims that 'Lynne Cardwell... lost to a second rate sitting councillor'.
As the above list shows, the prominent local Labour politicians in fact treated the public with utter contempt. This corrupt, dishonest behaviour has now been definitively pronounced upon by the local people whose trust they abused for so long.
Firstly, Labour managed barely half the votes of the elected Liberal Democrat councillor that Mr Levitt refers to (2009).
Secondly, in the popular vote for the last town council elections (2007), from a position of complete control Labour were beaten 12-0. They were lucky to get nil.