Paul Uppal MP’s latest attempt to understand council finances have once again left him with egg on his face.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, Wolverhampton City Council’s cabinet member for resources, said: “Local government finances can be complex, but I would have expected Paul Uppal – as a member of parliament – to carry out basic of checks with the council before going public with unfounded claims about council expenditure.
“He will no doubt be rather embarrassed to have confused Indian rupees for pounds and then make wildly inaccurate claims about the council spending money. His other examples are also ridiculous – money he is alleging we spent at Indian restaurants and pubs are in fact business support grants. Yes we did spend money on alcohol – but again, had Mr Uppal checked we would have told him that it was for stock for the bars at our popular Civic and Wulfrun Hall concert venues.
“We are very open about our finances and are one of few councils in the country to publish all items of expenditure on the internet which anyone can scrutinise. I’m sure Mr Uppal will learn from this episode that it always pays to check the facts.”