The leader of the Liberal Democrats in local government has written to Nick Clegg asking him to rein in two Tory ministers after they denied spending cuts would lead to job losses and service reductions at local authorities.
Richard Kemp, Vice Chair of the LGA and Chair of the Lib Dem Group, wrote to Nick Clegg saying he felt communities secretary Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Grant Shapps were failing to face up to the full effects of spending cuts. He accused the pair of behaving like comedy duo "Laurel and Hardy" and said their "behaviour is a disgrace".
Instead, Clegg has sided with his Tory coalition chums in Westminster - "These are Mr Kemp's personal views and are not representative of Liberal Democrats in Government" a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister said.
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