Bizarre exchanges on Twitter after Lambeth Labour councillors approved payment of special responsibility allowances for cabinet members at the same rate as last year – but gave their new opposition leader a whopping great pay rise!.
Cllr Jonathan Bartley, Green party opposition leader, Tweeted:
.@LambethLabour voted to award Lambeth councillors £472,335 in ADDITIONAL allowances tonight. @lambethgp voted against.
LambethLabour @LambethLabour responded:
Not true. Allowances were cut tonight…apart from for the Green leader of the Opposition who got a 200 per cent pay rise #kerching
But the Green party had voted en masse against them…..
♻Michael J Keane ♻ @KeaneMJ ♻Retweeted LambethLabour
Only in Lambeth: Labour vote to give leader of the opposition a 200pc pay rise so they can continue with snide comments. Pathetic.
…AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA
You have a majority. You just admitted to giving the opposition leader a pay rise he didn’t want (which he voted against btw) so you could go on Twitter and (laughably) attempt to make him look bad. You just make yourself look worse.
Jonathan BartleyVerified account @jon_bartley Retweeted LambethLabour
So this is desperate. @lambeth_labour gave me a pay rise I didn’t ask for, and which I voted against (and am now giving away) just to provide cover for their own gravy train – while making cuts to local services. Doesn’t get much lower than this!
I also proposed a 56% cut in all Lambeth councillors ***additional*** allowances tonight to stop the Lambeth Council gravy train. 56% is what Central govt have cut from Lambeth. Councillors should stand with them in solidarity. @lambeth_labour doesnt. (This should go on the agenda of the next Lambeth council meeting in July – Ed.)
Indar Picton-Howell @NadirIndar (Green party candidate Lambeth May 2018 – Ed.) Retweeted David Warner
The new SRA (special responsibility allowance) for leader of the opposition is about 150 per cent of the old rate, so the increase is 50pc (47pc). No idea how Labour calculate this as 200pc, however they repeatedly claim that Lambeth’s budget has been cut by 56pc, whereas the accounts show a cut in spending of 17pc from 2010.
Defend The Ten Retweeted Janet Baker @1isthinking Replying to @LambethLabour
Any chance of a factual based reply rather than snide comments. If @jon_bartley doesn’t want and voted against the increase why don’t you use it elsewhere? Say, oh I don’t know, pay a librarian, repair a roof or two.