Senior Lib Dem leader slammed by MP after describing his town ‘a dump’.
A row has broken out after Liberal Democrat Council leader and Blyth councillor Jeff Reid branded the town ‘a dump’ in a public meeting held at Hexham Business Forum.
Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has called on the leader of the council to apologise immediately to the residents of the town and to consider his position in the run up to May’s elections.
Local community groups and shops also branded his comments ‘a disgrace’ and disrespectful of the community he represents in Plessey ward.
Councillor Reid was quoted as saying during a discussion on town centres ‘I live in Blyth and Blyth is a dump. I usually get in the car and go to Cramlington to shop’.
He went onto defend the council’s controversial car parking charging policy which has been described as ‘a stealth tax for the residents’.
Ronnie Campbell MP said