Thatcher branded “evil” by Sunderland councillors

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MARGARET Thatcher was labelled evil and the potential “pasty tax” was criticised as Sunderland councillors clashed in a debate about the Coalition Government’s record.

At a meeting of the full council at Sunderland Civic Centre, Labour councillors tabled a motion calling for the “appalling record of the Conservative-led Coalition Government since its formation” to be noted.

Council leader Paul Watson accused the Government of breaking its pledge not to increase university fees and of no top-down reorganisation of the NHS.

Labour councillor Rosalind Copeland said: “For the Tories to claim the NHS is safe in their hands is untrue and they do not care for any public sector worker whatsoever.

“Thatcher was evil and you’re trying to bring down the wages.”

She added: “It makes me so angry that your Government is trying to put VAT on pasties when you don’t know what a pasty is.”

But Tory leader Robert Oliver said: “This has been a very messy debate and there’s a lack of understanding of how governments are run. Labour financially burnt the house down and are now complaining about the people sent to put the fire out.”

Conservative councillor Peter Wood added that it “is a ridiculous and stupid motion”.

But the motion was passed with 47 votes in favour, 12 against and one abstention.