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BLAIR MAKES PROMISE TO DECENTRALISE

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Labour leader Tony Blair has promised a stronger role for local government, during his launch of the party's strate...
Labour leader Tony Blair has promised a stronger role for local government, during his launch of the party's strategy for 1995.

Mr Blair said on Monday the party's policies for national renewal would 'decentralise power and open up government to scrutiny'. A Labour government would 'revitalise our public services as public services serving the public interest' as part of 'our vision of Britain as a strong, modern civic society'.

Labour denied reports in The Times last week that Doug Henderson, shadow minister for public services, was drawing up plans to press some Labour councils, particularly in metropolitan areas, to modernise their policies.

The paper claimed the party leadership believed left- wing councils were exposing the party to accusations of inefficiency in May's local elections.
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