It’s a first on Wirral Leaks as we publish a media release in full .The particular motivation for doing so was primarily because we were amused by the Freudian slip punchline in this Conservative Party missive which we received today.
As we reported last week Martin Lipsync ,sorry Liptrot has been appointed in a completely politically neutral capacity (yeah right !) as Wirral Council’s public relations and reputation management guru.
Oh and we understand that what we previously described as his “audition ” for the role was in fact devising the council’s 20/20 Vision plan.
Which always struck us as typical Wirral Council arse about face planning by which we mean some consultant who’s never worked for the council before thinks up 20 pledges off the top of his head and the poor saps who work for the council then have to go away and make their departmental plans meet the pledges.
However what caused the wry amusement at Leaky Towers was that although the media statement lists Martin Lemsip’s sorry Liptrot’ s salary at £45,737 by the final line the figure is quoted as £48,000 .
Ah! it’s that magical figure of £48,000 again which was so closely associated with Martin Tiptop , sorry Liptrot’s predecessor Emma Degg .
We just hope he doesn’t follow his predecessors Rocket Dog/Ugg footsteps too closely…..as frankly that doesn’t bear thinking about!.
However we’re getting a serious case of deja vu here – as with the appointment of former Wirral Council CEO Graham Burgess it seems that council leader Power Boy Pip is so desperate for someone to get the council (and particularly the Labour group) out of a hole of it’s own making that he’ll give in to demands and provide inducements.Is the lavish refurbishment and extension of Liptrot’s office at a time when everyone else in the council is being asked to cut their coat according to their cloth really sending out the right message?.
And anyway why does his office need an extension anyway ? – to accommodate his ego?.
Seems to us that Martin Tiptop ,sorry Liptrot is , by hobnobbing in the room next to the council leader , shaping up to be a low rent (but high cost) Wirral Council version of notorious Labour spinmeister Alastair Campbell.
Meanwhile here’s the press release for your delectation:
Council Leader’s Pal gets office extension paid for by Council Taxpayers
Following the recent revelation that Labour campaigner Martin Liptrot has been recruited to ‘provide in-depth support to the Leader of Wirral Council’ on £45,737 information has come to light that Taxpayers are about to fund an office extension to accommodate him.
It would appear that the room Mr. Liptrot has been using for over 6 months, while campaigning for the Labour Group, is no longer big enough now he has come onto the Council’s payroll. The work is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 13th October as not to disturb the Council meeting scheduled for 12th October.
Town Hall officials claim there is no other suitable accommodation within the Wallasey complex and the work is being undertaken at the request of the Leader, Councillor Phil Davies.Cllr. Green said: “This really does take the biscuit! I’ve been told this is a 12 month appointment so I’ve taken a walk around Wallasey Town Hall today and found two suitable empty offices on the ground floor and in excess of 10 ‘hot desks’. Why is this unnecessary work taking place? Just so Martin Liptrot can be in bigger room next to the Leader of the Council.
He continued: “I urge everyone to remember the next time Councillor Davies blames the Government for austerity and cuts in services he found £48,000 to accommodate a political ally.”