Hampshire Council leader Ken Thornber has slammed Chris Huhne as being ‘opportunistic’ in his support of the ‘Save Our Sure Start Centres’ campaign while at the same time being a member of the Lib Dem coalition cabinet which voted for spending cuts to local government.
Eastleigh Lib Dems have been a major driving force locally behind the SOCC campaign started by two centre users Catherine Ovenden and Kate Reynolds even persuading Sainsbury’s at Hedge End to host a stall which Lib Dems helped to man.
It was here that Chris Huhne was photographed signing the petition protesting against the council cuts as previously highlighted in Eastleigh News.
Speaking on Channel 4 news Mr Huhne defended his position saying that it was down to individual councils as to how cuts should be implemented and that no Lib Dem run council was cutting children’s services – the decision to make cuts to the sure start budget in Hampshire was down to Hampshire’s ruling Conservative council.
While appearing on the same news item Mr Thornber accused Chris Huhne of political opportunism adding:
‘I expect more from a secretary of state in a coalition government’