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BERKSHIRE BID FAILS IN LORDS

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A last-ditch bid to save Berkshire CC from abolition in April 1998, backed by four former Tory Cabinet ministers, f...
A last-ditch bid to save Berkshire CC from abolition in April 1998, backed by four former Tory Cabinet ministers, failed in the Lords on Tuesday night by 42 votes.

Peers voted by 132 to 90 to reject calls from Tory ex- minister Lord Peyton of Yeovil to 'deplore' ministers' plans to axe the royal county and replace it with six unitaries.

The House then approved, without a vote, structural changes for Berkshire, Hereford and Worcester, Devon, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire

A separate order merging Kent's Rochester and Gillingham districts into a new unitary was approved on Monday by 60 votes to 33.
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