Karl McCartney MP for the City of Lincoln, has expressed his disappointment following the vote against the devolution and elected Mayor for Greater Lincolnshire.
As Karl explains: “It’s hugely disappointing – but not at all surprising in some respects – that Lincolnshire’s County Councillors have voted against the ‘devolution and elected Mayor for Greater Lincolnshire’ proposals.“I’ve always been very much in support of taking financial power away from the County Councillors, most of whom are from the south of the County and tend to take a parochial outlook on matters wherever and whenever possible.”
He adds: “South Lincolnshire Turkeys surprisingly do not vote for Christmas; nor do our matriarchal Councillors always know what’s best for us all across the County and Greater Lincolnshire.
But we do need to take a strategic view for investment in infrastructure in the future.
I am still hopeful for the deal and am heartened that it seems all the District Councils across Greater Lincolnshire, and our own City Council, also support devolution wholeheartedly. They can’t all be wrong.
Clearly County Councillors have not grasped the potential of these proposals and are acting like dogs in a manger, or turkeys in late Autumn, so I will be encouraging the Government not to change its stance and to continue to press for devolution and an elected Executive Mayor for Greater Lincolnshire.”