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LABOUR CONFERENCE: DOBSON VOWS DRIVE TO PUSH UP STANDARDS

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Labour's local government policy commits the party to a relentless drive to push up council performance, shadow env...
Labour's local government policy commits the party to a relentless drive to push up council performance, shadow environment secretary Frank Dobson told delegates.

'Our policy document Renewing democracy, rebuilding communities commits the party to an unrelenting drive to do things better,' he said.

'The present system interferes with the day-to-day running of every council in the name of dealing with the very few who let everybody down. But it doesn't actually sort out the ones who are letting everyone down.

'We are determined to get them sorted out and make sure the government gets off the back of everybody else.'

Mr Dobson, like leader Tony Blair and other front bench speakers, highlighted the successes of Labour councils. He said these included the Manchester Metro, Lancashire CC's role in saving truck manufacturer Leyland/DAF, and Birmingham City Council's International Conference Centre, where the local government conference was being held.

Mr Dobson called on his party's councillors to help him swiftly rebut Tory attacks on Labour authorities in this spring's local elections.

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