AN advisor to the Liverpool Mayor was forced to apologise after launching an outspoken attack on the city’s five Labour MPs.
Cllr Peter Brennan called for Labour councillors to sign a letter expressing their “anger and disgust” at the actions of the city’s MPs.
In an email he hit out against the MPs for their absence from two critical debates in parliament on local government finances and the fire service cuts.
But he was forced to apologise after it was revealed the MPs actually voted in the local government finance debate while the fire service cuts debate related solely to London.
Cllr Brennan is Joe Anderson’s mayoral lead for community safety., and the episode is likely to be embarrasing for the party.
In his email to Labour councillors after a meeting he said: “I just wanted to reiterate my anger and disgust that I expressed in tonight’s group meeting regarding the absence of ALL five Liverpool Labour MPs when there were two crucial discussions/debates taking place... recently in Parliament, namely the Local Government Finances and the Fire Service.
“This at a time when we are grappling as a city with the most severe and draconian cuts in living memory imposed on us by any government.
“I was absolutely appalled when the Mayor reported this to the group and I know many other members were equally as appalled and disgusted.”
Mayor Anderson’s office has not returned calls to a request for a comment from him.
But Liverpool Garston MP Maria Eagle said: “I have spoken to Joe about this and he told me he did not criticise us. He said he criticised Labour MPs generally.”