Tory condemns ‘personal attacks’ by council leader

Chris Steward

Chris Steward

First published in In brief

A SENIOR Tory councillor has accused York council leader James Alexander of ‘lashing out with personal attacks’ on other councillors when urged to resign over the Lendal Bridge saga.

Cllr Chris Steward, leader of York Conservatives, said it was disappointing the Labour leader had linked calls for him to stand down over the Lendal Bridge ‘shambles’ to events going back years.

Cllr Alexander said in The Press that Cllr Steward had previously turned down calls to resign after saying: “Don’t give food to food banks as the poor are feckless.”

Cllr Steward said he had never said this but he had said something wrong about food banks early last year and promptly apologised. “My point was that poverty in the third world was far greater than the UK, but I made that point badly,” he said, adding that Cllr Alexander should apologise without resorting to personal attacks.

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