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BLAIR SUPPORTS LOCAL REPRESENTATION ON NEC

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Labour leader Tony Blair gave his personal backing to local government representation on the party's ruling nationa...
Labour leader Tony Blair gave his personal backing to local government representation on the party's ruling national executive committee.

Referring to recent proposals to change Labour's policy-making procedures, Mr Blair said they included ' a proposal I support to put local government representation on the national executive committee for the first time'.

This was one of only three brief mentions of local government in Mr Blair's 25-minute speech, which was written almost entirely for national media consumption.

The other mentions consisted of an acknowledgement that 'councils are taking initiatives that are making a real difference to people's lives', and a promise to give local government more freedom coupled with a duty to exercise it 'responsibly and fairly'.
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