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Local government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham made a joke at the Welsh LGA's annual conference. ...
Local government Association chair Sir Jeremy Beecham made a joke at the Welsh LGA's annual conference.

He said: 'I am delighted to return to this conference and to find the association in such good heart - and I don't just mean Edwina!'

He needs to either sack his speech writer or employ one.

Government chief whip and former local government minister Hilary Armstrong displayed a touch of the John Prescott at a New Local Government Network seminar last week.

During questions, she scolded an outspoken questioner who took issue with the government's dictatorial approach. 'You cannot call it dictation,' she said. The noun is of course dictatorship. Curiously, the dictionary definition of dictation includes 'authoritative prescription', so Ms Armstrong was half right.

When the mayor of London published the list of gifts he had received, one of the items included was a box of cigars from the mayor of Havana. 'I like them,' said Ken mildly, in a chacun a son goût kind

of way.

People with more than the memory of a fruit fly may recall that he reportedly took a different view when his girlfriend cracked at a party and succumbed to the lure of the cancer stick. Okay, she was pregnant, but still . . .

Rocky the Rooster has a new farm home after North Wiltshire DC took up noise complaints - but the council admits feathers are flying as some villagers in Hullavington want the bird back. One fears church bells could be next to get the silent treatment.

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