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HAGUE ASSERTS LOCAL FOCUS FOR TORIES

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Conservative leader William Hague has said he will not be satisfied until the Tories are the largest party in local...
Conservative leader William Hague has said he will not be satisfied until the Tories are the largest party in local government.

Speaking at his party's local government conference, Mr Hague told Tory councillors the party was 'recovering' after defeats by Labour in central and local government elections.

'When I first addressed this conference as leader of the party we were the third party in local government. Irrelevant. Ignored. Not any more. Today we have nearly 1,700 more councillors, we control more than three times as many councils and we have relegated the Liberal Democrats to third place,' he said.

He promised better Westminster support for councillors and said the London mayor and local government elections on 4 May were the party's top priority.
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