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DOUBT OVER STANDARDS BOARD FUTURE

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The three main parties have been told not to nominate members for the Standards Board for England when their incumb...
The three main parties have been told not to nominate members for the Standards Board for England when their incumbents' terms expire this week.

Nominations have been in progress, but the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has halted the process.

The unexplained move has stoked speculation that ministers plan some radical change beyond its announced intention to turn it into a smaller strategic body.

A Labour source said the ODPM had decided on a review after the board embarrassments over the Ken Livingstone and Islington LBC cases (LGC, 2 and 9 March).

Liberal Democrat group leader Richard Kemp said: 'My view is they want a fundamental review.'
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