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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis hits back at claims of county council leader Cliff Jordan

PUBLISHED: 15:36 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 16 March 2018

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has hit back at comments made this morning by Norwich County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

Clive Lewis (Left) and Cliff Jordan (Right) Picture: Denise Bradley and Norfolk ConservativesClive Lewis (Left) and Cliff Jordan (Right) Picture: Denise Bradley and Norfolk Conservatives

The leader of the Conservative-led council told BBC Radio Norfolk he had never met the Labour MP, adding he is “not interested” in the county council.

Mr Lewis has now responded to the comments, listing occasions he has shown interest in county matters.

Mr Jordan had said: “He has never been near the County (council) at all - he’s not interested.”

A spokesman for Mr Lewis said: “Neither of these comments are true.”

The spokesman added Mr Lewis had visited County Hall “on many occasions” and has “taken an interest in issues related to Norfolk County Council”.

They said in February 2018, Mr Lewis had written to Mr Jordan and children’s services chairman Penny Carpenter regarding cuts to children’s centres and had hosted local families in parliament to hear concerns about these.

In the response they also listed six further occasions between June 2015 and January 2018 in which Mr Lewis had attended County Hall or contacted the county council.

And Mr Lewis said: “Cliff says it’s his concern for Norfolk that’s motivated this latest outburst. But as ever actions speak louder than even Cliff’s latest high volume broadside.

“He is the Tory leader of a Tory-run County Council that is rolling over to make excruciating cuts demanded by his own Tory party to the vital services the people of Norfolk rely on.”

Mr Lewis also criticised Mr Jordan for the majority of his Conservative group’s decision to award themselves an allowance increase, despite an independent panel saying it should not be increased this year.

He said: “Cliff got it completely wrong about me but he might have a point about “might as well not be there” Norfolk Tory MPs.

“We’ve got ministers in the Tory government here in Norfolk. So he’s quite right to wonder what’s the point of them if all they do is rubber stamp Tory national decisions which continually hammer the people of our county.”

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