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BEECHAM URGES LOCAL STANDARDS COMMITTEES

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Local Government Association chairman Jeremy Beecham will this week urge councils to set up their own standards com...
Local Government Association chairman Jeremy Beecham will this week urge councils to set up their own standards committees to deal with miscreants.

Sir Jeremy said in an interview with the Yorkshire Post (6 July, p3): 'We must maintain the highest standards of probity in public life because we know that the problem caused by a minority of councillors or officers in a minority of councils are atypical.

'One example of self-indulgence or corruption is one too many. I hope councillors will establish new codes of practice for concils, backed by standards committees with an independent element,' he added.

Meanwhile, Conservative party leader William Hague will make a speech on Thursday at the LGA conference in which he is expected to issue a rallying call to grass roots supporters highlighting his hope that the Tories can build on the big gains made in the local election last May.

Prime minister Tony Blair will address the Bournemouth conference on a special video link tomorrow morning. Chancellor Gordon Brown and environment secretary John Prescott are both due to make speeches on Friday.
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