Labour leader fears Tory dictatorship

PUBLISHED: 12:57 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

A DISHEARTENED leader of the Labour Party admitted 'complete dictatorship' had been handed to the Tories. An emotional Margaret Birleson told the WHT that with the Conservative administration increasing its majority, it was out of Labour's hands now. We

A DISHEARTENED leader of the Labour Party admitted "complete dictatorship" had been handed to the Tories.

An emotional Margaret Birleson told the WHT that with the Conservative administration increasing its majority, it was out of Labour's hands now.

"We were very efficient in opposition, but now this Tory party will go ahead and do as they wish.

"They can dictate without even consulting residents.

"I'm disheartened for the people of Welwyn Hatfield and personally, as I am a person of the people, having lived here all my life."

She said: "I'm saddened and disheartened with the results, we've worked so hard, we couldn't work any harder.

"It's not good, we have experienced councillors, but we will just have to fight like we have always done and continue to provide the service we do."

The leader of the opposition almost lost her own seat in Hollybush, receiving just 34 more votes than Conservative Ronald Smith with 594.

She added: "I will continue to work as hard as I ever have for the people of Hollybush, I will put in as much as I can and give them the maximum."

Lynn Chesterman (Lab) retained her seat, while Sarah Atkinson was one of five Conservative gains on the night to take the ward's other seat.


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