At the full council meeting of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council on Thursday 25th February, Labour's candidate for Blenheim Park ward asked the leader of the council about the town's Tory MPs' refusal to work with the non-Conservative administration for the good of Southend residents.
And Councillor Woodley replied:
"Our Joint Administration has always made decisions based on what we believe and feel is best for the residents of the town. We constantly have to deal with negative comments from Conservative councillors as well as our two Conservative MPs. These comments do not offer us a viable alternative solution, but openly criticise to whoever wants to listen, and more often than not are not based on actual fact.
"However, the Joint Administration has run the Council effectively and efficiently since it took over in June 2014. It has continued to provide the best possible service to the residents of the town, notwithstanding the considerable cuts coming to us from central government. The Joint Administration has listened to the people of Southend, has been united in its objectives and given clear direction. It is very disappointing that our two local MPs have not supported the Council in its endeavours.
"I have made repeated efforts to work with our MPs for the good of the town, but they continue to refuse to speak to me."
The question and answer can be viewed on the public webcast of the council meeting.