DEPUTY leader of Hyndburn Council, Tony Dobson, took to the stand at the Tory Party conference in Blackpool to defend the council's financial record.
He gave a speech at a fringe meeting in which he talked of Hyndburn's low increases in council tax over the last nine years and how they have been achieved.
It followed on from a speech given by Labour councillor Claire Hamilton at last week's Labour Party conference, where she slammed the Conservative-led council.
Councillor Dobson said: "I used facts and figures which have been provided by council officials so they are completely independent.
"I gave the speech at a meeting where leadership contender David Davies was present and it had a good reception."
In his speech, Councillor Dobson said: "Hyndburn also has another claim to fame - low increases in council tax over the last nine years."
"If our council tax had increased simply in line with inflation over the period, it would now be £202 a year - over £12 more expensive than it currently stands.
"Hyndburn's council tax increases will not be the lowest in the country over this period. That honour will go to district councils in more wealthy parts of the country.
"But for an area with high unemployment, declining manufacturing industry, poor Victorian terraced houses and four wards recognised by the Government as some of the poorest in the country, this is a remarkable achievement."
He added that the council was constantly consulting with the public, and its councillors had a high profile and were approachable.
Councillor Dobson spent three days at the conference, where he met another leadership contender Ken Clarke.
He also listened to the majority of speeches, including those from rival contenders Dr Liam Fox and David Cameron, but he says he has not decided on his personal choice for the next leader of the party.