Is the government ‘buying’ local votes?

Today the Government
has announced “more money” for 40 Local Authorities to
set up Anti-Social Behaviour Order “Respect Zones”.

 

Out of 312, The
only Local Council on the list of ASBO Respect Zones, not due to vote on May 7th,
is Hastings Borough Council, and it has been suggested that the Government could be
buying votes in the more marginal seats.

 

Perhaps a commons
statement on how these Zones were identified and the funds allocated would
clear this matter up.

 

The
40 respect zones are:

Birmingham City Council,
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, Bolton Metropolitan
Borough Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Brighton and Hove City Council,
Bristol City Council, Burnley Borough Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan
District Council, City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Coventry
City Council, Derby City Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council,
Exeter City Council, Gloucester City Council, Harlow District Council, Hastings
Borough Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Kingston upon Hull City Council,
Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Leeds
City Council, Leicester City Council, Liverpool City Council, Manchester City
Council, Middlesbrough Council, Newcastle City Council, Norwich City Council,
Nottingham City Council, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Plymouth City
Council, Portsmouth City Council, Salford City Council, Sandwell Metropolitan
Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, South Tyneside Council, Southampton
City Council, Southend on Sea Borough Council, Sunderland City Council, Wirral
Metropolitan Borough Council.

 

It
is also worth noting that none of the Zones are in
London.  Perhaps Sir Ian Blair is right, London is such a safe place to
live.

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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