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ECHO SOUNDS OFF ABOUT MEMBERS' MICROPHONE TRAINING

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Training sessions to teach Darlington BC members how to use photocopiers and microphones are attacked in The Northe...
Training sessions to teach Darlington BC members how to use photocopiers and microphones are attacked in The Northern Echo (p1).

The Echo reports that councillors have claimed £21.50 each in attendance allowance for a 30-minute lesson on how to use a new photocopier and similar claims have been submitted for a 15-minute session on microphone techniques.

The Echo editorial (p8) suggests councillors should forget the microphone training. 'The sound of profligacy is already coming over loud and clear.'

But council leader John Williams said:

'Just like council staff, members of the council need to be properly rained to go about discharging their duties properly.'

'They need to speak properly and coherently and to be kept up to date with microphone techniques,' he added.

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