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LEFT LOSES EDUCATION BODY STRANGLEHOLD

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Labour could lose control of the Local Government Association's education committee following a reappraisal of part...
Labour could lose control of the Local Government Association's education committee following a reappraisal of party representation after the May local elections.

Although the party will still control the key policy and strategy committee, with 50.8% of its members, its slightly inferior electoral performance in councils with education responsibilities means it will fall just short of a majority on the new education committee.

Labour will have 49.6% of the new committee, leaving chairman Graham Lane open to challenge when it meets for the first time in September. Both figures are around 1% down on last year.

The Conservatives improved their representation by around 1% to have 23.4% of the policy and strategy committee while the Liberal Democrats fell from 20% to 19.8%.

LGA Tory group leader Lord White welcomed his party's marginal increase as 'further evidence of the Conservative Party's fightback in local government'.
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