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Labour rounds on rebel Sunderland councillors

Issue No. 1960

In Sunderland two Labour councillors are facing disciplinary action for giving evidence to the House of Commons Council Housing group about the case of Sunderland Housing Group.

The hearings took evidence from tenants, councillors, officers and trade unions from all over the country.

The councillors Mike Tansy and Brynley Sidaway gave evidence about the behaviour of Sunderland Housing Group and criticised its performance and policies. These criticisms are widely echoed by tenants of the Sunderland Housing Group.

The action comes as the ballot over privatising the council housing stock in Sedgefield comes to an end.

One of the Defend Council Housing campaigners in the area explained, “People here are pretty happy with the council anyway, but everyone has heard terrible things about the sell off in Sunderland.

“The ballot closes on Tuesday of next week and already almost 80 percent of tenants have voted. We’ll keep on fighting until the ballot closes.”

Meanwhile, local government workers in Sefton on Merseyside have voted for industrial action over the victimisation of four union activists who have been suspended for opposing council house privatisation.

They voted by 60 percent for action on a good turnout.

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Sat 16 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1960
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