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Petition over Leicestershire care homes' future

A petition containing 2,000 signatures opposing the sale or closure of council-run care homes across Leicestershire is being handed to county councillors.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Bosworth Michael Mullaney is to hand in the petition opposing the move on the care homes across the county.

Leicestershire County Council Labour group spokesman Max Hunt said his party had opposed the plan "root and branch" and it had "foundered because the Conservatives couldn't get the money they wanted for the homes".

The Conservative group on the county council said all views would be welcomed and a consultation was on-going.

In a statement Leicestershire County Council's Conservative cabinet member for Adults and Communities, David Sprason said: "The consultation to secure the future of the care homes in the county runs until the 19 April 2010.

"Whilst we welcome any moves to contribute to this process, it is regrettable that the Liberal Democrats seem to be using this sensitive issue surrounding vulnerable people, as a political football during the general election."

Mr Mullaney said the petitions had been running before the election was called and the issue was not a "political football".

The candidates for Bosworth are: Liberal Democrat: Michael Mullaney; Labour: Rory Palmer; Conservative: David Tredinnick; English Democrats: James Lampitt; British National Party: John Ryde; UK Independence Party: David Barrett

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