A bitter slanging match has broken out over a Chorley jobs fair.
Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council have both accused each other of trying to make political gain out of the event.
Labour-controlled Chorley has blasted the county council for snubbing the fair.
But in a personal response, the Leader of Conservative-run Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver described the event as “half-baked” and “lame”.
The jobs fair has been organised by Chorley Council, together with the town’s MP Lindsay Hoyle.
LCC have turned down an invitation to take part - despite attending a similar event last year.
Leader of Chorley Council, Coun Alistair Bradley, said: “I don’t care what political party people support because we all want to see more people in employment, particularly those who are leaving school and college who need help getting their first job, so I just can’t understand why they won’t take part. My view is that people don’t care who does it, they just want to see their local council doing something for them.”
County Coun Geoff Driver said LCC had invested more than £30m in creating job opportunities for young people, and not so young people, across Lancashire.
He said: “Absolutely nothing will be achieved by Coun Bradley’s half baked scheme which at best is simply a lame duplication of what LCC is doing and at worst confuses the residents of Chorley as to where young people should go for help in seeking employment.”
The jobs fair and careers event is at Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, on Thursday, November 15.