Theresa May Returns To Merton For Manifesto Launch

Local Tories launch election campaign

Merton's Tories have launched their 2014 local election manifesto with the help of Home Secretary Theresa May.

Their manifesto - 'Unlocking Merton's Potential'– was launched in conjunction with an animated video on Saturday (March 15).

Their manifesto pledges include:

·         A council tax reduction of 10% on the Merton element over four years, achieved by ending Labour's annual £12.5 million overcharge to residents.

·         A commitment to open a second recycling centre in the borough.

·         An increase in the number of enforcement officers to catch those who litter and the introduction of street sweeping after residents' rubbish is collected.

·         A '5 Point Parking Pledge', including giving all residents the ability to park for 1 hour for free in council car parks, the abolition of evening charges in council car parks and a minimum of 20 minutes free parking across all shopping parades.

·         A new Morden Park Pool

·         A new school.

Speaking at the launch of the manifesto, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, Leader of Merton Conservatives claimed: "Since 2010, the current Labour-led Council has overcharged residents for services received by £12.5 million every year. They have managed to cut services, but not budgets, as the cost of running the Council has increased from £502 million to £539 million in just four years and they have swelled their bank balance by over 70% from £62 million to £107 million. 

"As Conservatives, we know that we can end waste, inefficiency and overcharging. By getting a grip on the Council's finances, we can lead a council that can achieve better services and lower tax."

The local election takes place on May 22.

March 18, 2014

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Councillor Oonagh Moulton and Home Secretary Theresa May (a former Merton councillor)

Councillor Oonagh Moulton and Home Secretary Theresa May (a former Merton councillor)