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Julian Sturdy challenged over Community Stadium policy

Julian Sturdy

11:45am 16th February 2012

Conservative York Outer MP, Julian Sturdy, has been challenged to clarify Conservative policy on York's proposed Community Stadium.

The Labour call follows conflicting policy announcements from Conservative councillors in recent months which indicate attempts to scupper the project.

Labour Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion, Coun. Sonja Crisp, said:

"Before the general election Julian Sturdy signed a pledge supporting the proposed community stadium. A video clip of this support shows him saying he is a great believer in the need for a community stadium for York and that it would be a huge blow if the project was stalled.

"Julian Sturdy pledged to do all he can to support the project if he was elected. Now is the time for him to do just that.  The project is on course and consists of exactly the same plans as when he made his pledge, but the project is now at a critical point.  Unfortunately Conservative councillors are attempting to throw a spanner in the works at the eleventh hour to scupper the project.

"The public should know whether Julian Sturdy is going to live up to his pre-election pledge to support the project, or whether he is putting his weight behind the Conservative campaign to try and end it".

Labour Leader of City of York Council, Coun. James Alexander, wrote to Julian Sturdy asking for his political support for the project on 12th July, 2010. There has been no reply.

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