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LGC NEWS BRIEFS

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The London Assembly's Liberal Democrat group has written to the Standards Board for England asking it to investigat...
The London Assembly's Liberal Democrat group has written to the Standards Board for England asking it to investigate the behaviour of London mayor Ken Livingstone at a party. He denies pushing a man over a wall

(LGC, 28 June).

Hackney LBC leader Jules Pipe has been nominated as Labour's candidate for the mayoral election, due to take place in October.

Local government minister Nick Raynsford has opened round four of the beacon council scheme. The scheme has been widened to include all best value authorities.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is to investigate whether or not there is any basis for councils claiming they are underfunded. The convention will commission a report to see if member councils claiming to be affected by mismatching have a case.

Head of social work and joint services at East Dunbartonshire Council Pam Fenton has been suspended after an internal auditor discovered a£1.4m budget overspend.

T&G general secretary Bill Morris has warned plans for detention centres for asylum seekers will become this government's 'Greenham Common'. Speaking at the T&G's Irish conference he said that on this issue: 'The T&G has one message for the government - 'you are not speaking in our name'.'

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