Harlow MP, Robert Halfon hits back over “Hypocrite” jibe by Suzy Stride

Politics / Tue 20th Jan 2015 at 11:12am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has hit back at an accusation by the Labour candidate for the general election that he has been a hypocrite over street lights in Harlow.

Harlow’s Labour run council are planning to get the lights switched back on from midnight to 5am.

Speaking to YH, Mr Halfon has set the record straight on the efforts he has made regarding street lights.

In May 2014, Mr Halfon submitted a motion to the House of Commons.

“That this House notes that Essex County Council is turning off street lights across Essex between the hours of midnight and 5am to make savings; further notes that turning off street lights in Harlow affects many Harlow residents, many of whom work late shifts; acknowledges that some Harlow residents have expressed concerns that they feel unsafe; and therefore calls on Essex County Council to review its decision and shorten the amount of time that street lights are turned off each night in Harlow.

Mr Halfon also started a petition ‎https://www.change.org/p/cllr-rodney-bass-extend-the-hours-of-street-lighting-in-harlow

Mr Halfon added: “I have also had meetings with Essex Council about it and urged them to change the rules to allow Harlow Council to change the lights.

“Hardly the action of a hypocrite”.

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