Manchester's Liberal Democrat Leader Coun Marc Ramsbottom slammed the decision by Labour's Town Hall bosses to remove long serving Moston Coun Henry Cooper from the Fire Authority, where he served as Vice Chairman, as spiteful and vindictive. The move comes after Coun Cooper resigned from the Labour Group over the Council's backing for a new stadium for FC United in his Moston ward.
"Coun Cooper has effectively been punished by Manchester Labour leaders for speaking his mind and standing up for local residents. The removal of him from the Fire Authority is a vindictive and spiteful act by Labour Leader Richard Leese and fellow Moston Coun Paul Murphy", said Coun Ramsbottom.
"Local residents living nearby have genuine concerns about the impact this stadium will have on their local area. Local councillors should be entitled to stand up and voice those concerns, even if the Council leadership don't agree, and should not be bullied into silence" he added.