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From Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs

Items in the current issue include:

  • Labour have deselected seven "long-standing working class councillors" in Barking and Dagenham including former Mayor Dee Hunt and current deputy mayor Fred Barns. Middle class allies of local Labour MP Margaret Hodge are deemed responsible.
  • Lib Dem led Southwark Council is spending £15,000 on a "community empowerment event" at the Vinopolis wine bar.
  • Wigan Council leader Lord Smith is being taken to the Standards Board accused of instructing Labour councillors on the Planning Committee to vote through the demolition of Leigh Girls Grammar School.
  • Item questioning how "independent" members of the independent panel that recommends councillors allowances in Rotherham is.


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