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BEECHAM REQUESTS PATIENCE AS LGA EMBARKS ON 'BUMPY RIDE'

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Local Government Association chairman Jeremy Beecham hopes the general association meeting tomorrow will help to ir...
Local Government Association chairman Jeremy Beecham hopes the general association meeting tomorrow will help to iron out lingering differences between metropolitan, county, and district councils, but he will face opposition from colleagues from his home region, writes the Journal.

Northumberland CC leader Ian Swithenbank is leading moves to set up a separate counties body within the LGA and Gateshead's George Gill is among metropolitan leaders calling for their own group within the new association says the paper.

Sir Jeremy said that it was still early days for any power struggle, the paper reports:

'This is important but it is in no sense a make-or-break meeting. People recognise it is necessary to accommodate different interests but the important thing is that they are still within the LGA.

'There is a great deal more that unites us than divides us. I would ask people to be patient. This is an enormous task and it will be a bumpy ride until the LGA takes over from the existing organisations.'
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