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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - LGA CONVERSION

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In his previous incarnation, Michael Emmerich was a local government adviser in the No 10 Policy Unit. He was then ...
In his previous incarnation, Michael Emmerich was a local government adviser in the No 10 Policy Unit. He was then much less keen on the Local Government Association asserting itself than he now purports to be (LGC, 4 June).

The LGA Labour Group, on the other hand, has been consistent. It has supported the government when it has been right, opposed it when it has been wrong, helped to broker the best possible deals where it could, and sought to use the Labour Party's policy machinery to promote the role of local government.

Perhaps Mr Emmerich might care to turn his keen critical faculties on the LGA Tory Group. He might, for example, ask whether they support shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin's spending plans, which assume significant real-term cuts in support for local government and every local service except education, where we would have a voucher system instead.

If he does pursue the issue, I hope he has more luck than me.

Sir Jeremy Beecham

Leader, LGA Labour Group

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