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Hain confirms councillor contracts

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Shadow Welsh minister Peter Hain has confirmed that serving and prospective Labour councillors will be forced to sign a contract committing them to a range of campaigning and civic standards.

Mr Hain, who has led the ‘refounding Labour’ project to reinvigorate the party’s base, told the Labour party conference the party would introduce “clear lines of accountability” between all elected representatives and the party membership and general public.

“We will insist that every Labour candidate and elected representative signs a contract committing to probity, active service to the public and leadership in party campaigning,” Mr Hain said.

He claimed such an approach could help the party locally buck national trends.

“If, and only if, voters trust local Labour parties, trust out MPs, trust our candidates, and trust our councillors, they don’t necessarily go with national trends in the way they used to,” he said. “In an age of 24-hour news and the internet, politics may have become more global and national. But it has also become more local.”

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