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CITY ROW TO GO ON FOR MONTHS

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A row over reforms to elections in the Corporation of London is set to rumble on until well into the autumn. ...
A row over reforms to elections in the Corporation of London is set to rumble on until well into the autumn.

A group of Labour MPs led by Hayes and Harlington member John McDonnell has maintained a blocking motion on a private Bill designed to triple the business vote in the City from 15,129 to 49,000.

The Commons rose for its summer recess on Tuesday, and the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill will now not be debated again until October at the earliest.

Mr McDonnell, who earlier this month was one of 102 MPs voting to widen the election reforms, wants the legislation to allow individual employees, as well as businesses and City residents, to vote in corporation elections.

But minister for London Nick Raynsford said the existing Bill was a 'step in the right direction' and warned that if it was defeated, the 'drive for reform with the City corporation will be stifled'.
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