One of the Tories’ top council leaders is to quit, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The resignation of Stephen Greenhalgh has sparked speculation the controversial leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council will be given a seat in the Lords.
Alongside a string of idiotic gaffes, Greenhalgh’s contributions to local government include hiking parking charges by 110% and spending £1 million per annum on propaganda, including a newspaper which was shut down by Eric Pickles. Inviting the deputy prime minister to a children’s centre which was, erm, being closed down, Greenhalgh memorably steered Nick Clegg into a media car crash (video) described by Thick Of It creator Armando Ianucci as “a political shuttle disaster”.
And as top Westminster Tories heap praise on him today, perhaps they should reflect on his remarks that they “haven’t run a piss-up in a brewery”:
“My mates are all in the shadow Cabinet, waiting to get those [ministerial] boxes, being terribly excited. I went to university with them, they haven’t run a piss-up in; a brewery. They’re going to get a department of state, in one case running the finances of the nation.”
At least we can thank him for his candour.