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LABOUR ON ATTACK DURING MAJOR VISIT TO BIRMINGHAM

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Prime Minister John Major hopes to boost the Conservatives' local elections campaign today with a visit to Birmingh...
Prime Minister John Major hopes to boost the Conservatives' local elections campaign today with a visit to Birmingham, where the Tories aim to win control of the city council from Labour, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

The Tories believe they can win Birmingham, where Labour has a majority of only seven seats. The Conservative campaign, including last week's party political broadcast, accuses Labour of wasting millions on loony left schemes, such as spending £250,000 on mobile phones for municipal gravediggers and of underspending on education by £200 million.

But in a recent by-election to the council, Labour won a traditional Tory seat. Labour is confident that its new 'back to basics' approach in Birmingham, with the emphasis on schools and transport rather than city centre prestige projects, will be successful.
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