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Labour can fight the local election campaign on the record of Labour ...
Labour can fight the local election campaign on the record of Labour

councils, deputy prime minister John Prescott told BBC Radio Four's Today

programme this morning.

'In the use of resources, more resources, and performance, Labour's doing

well in its local authorities and our cities are getting better, cleaner,

safer', Mr Prescott said.

Quoting Audit Commission figures, he said: 'If you look at the local

authorities in their comparisons, 46 per cent of Labour councils are in the

excellent category, Tories 34 per cent. If you look at council tax, we've

increased by 4.7 per cent on average, Tories 5.4 per cent'.

The Conservatives are hoping to win more seats in urban authorities, local

government spokesman Caroline Spelman, told the programme.

She would not give the Conservatives' targets for seats at the local

elections, but said: 'We hope to make some progress in city councils...

Since we are a party which aspires to be the government of this country, it

is very important that we have a base in the cities as well as the

countryside and the suburbs'.

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