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Check your DLO facts please, Mr Gummer



I DON'T mind reading articles by former cabinet ministers, now in the political backwater, attacking the local authority (Norwich City) that I work for, provided they get their facts right (October 28).

Obviously, for John Gummer, the facts don't matter any more than the job prospects of the workforce at the City Works Direct Labour Organisation.

The DLO is having to externalise as a result of policies of previous Conservative governments, specifically compulsory competitive tendering.

Mr Gummer omitted one crucial fact from his article and that is that the in-house bid was not even allowed to stand against the private sector, as the private firms felt there would be a bias towards the in-house team. This was despite repeated reassurances from the city council.

Mr Gummer, your comments against a loyal and hardworking DLO are the result of a fit of pique on your part, because in all your years in government we did not lose a compulsory competitive tendering contract. You could not destroy the will of the council to provide services and, probably worst of all for you, because it has taken a Labour government to privatise us.

Kevin O'Grady

Norwich City UNISON