The SNP’s longest serving Councillor, David Alexander, has accused Falkirk Tories of hiding from the people after the party led by Prime Minister Theresa May failed to turn up to a host of local hustings meetings throughout Falkirk.
The Prime Minister has also refused to debate with other party leaders for the General Election which takes place five weeks after the local elections for which these hustings meetings were organised by various local groups.
On Friday 28 April it was the turn of Open Secret, a group established to promote mental health issues and offer support to sufferers. The event included David Alexander from the SNP and Martin Murray for the Labour Party but no Conservative despite an invitation going to their local leadership.
An angry Councillor Alexander said
“The people are being treated with contempt by the Tory Party who appear to be in hiding.”
“Could it be that the only contribution made by Falkirk’s Tories is to hide behind a national campaign that totally ignores local services and is merely a negative attack on the SNP?”
“Perhaps it is fear of exposure to scrutiny for policies such as NHS Privatisation, The Rape Clause in their Welfare cuts programme or maybe they are afraid to show that they are still the party of Thatcher despite the national media makeover.”
“Had they attended the Open Secret hustings they may have learned the scale of the problems being experienced by a significant number of residents of Falkirk and the impact their austerity programme is having on the lives of vulnerable people. A travesty, while some of the richest people in the country are in receipt of tax cuts.”
There was also no Tory representative present at the recent hustings organised by ENABLE, in the Elgin Park Centre where only the Greens and Cllr Alexander of the SNP turned up to address questions posed by disabled people and their carers.
Quote from Cllr Alexander,
“The members of ENABLE went to a great deal of trouble to set up their hustings meeting (20 April at Elgin Park) and the lack of members from most of the other parties was nothing short of a slap in the face for these people, they should hang their heads in shame”.