Schools standards minister Stephen Timms and leader Jules Pipe (Lab) agreed the appointment.
The London Development Agency has signed a partnership agreement with the London Tourist Board and Convention Bureau to ensure tourism plays a key role in the economic development of the city. It is the first such partnership.
Spelthorne BC has won a case against BP Oil under pollution legislation.
The company was prosecuted for failing to comply with an authorisation regarding the unloading of fuel at a petrol station. BP admitted three offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was ordered to pay a£22,000 fine and costs of£1,100.
Unison has balloted its members in Hackney LBC for industrial action in protest at the sacking of senior steward Noah Tucker.
South Gloucestershire Council has lost a high court appeal in which it objected to one of its own decisions. The court upheld a decision by the council's appeals panel to admit six children to a school who had been refused because of class size rules (LGC, 24 August). The pupils have siblings at the school.
The Improvement & Development Agency is hosting a a day of workshops to mark the 100th peer review in Northumberland on Thursday.
Late-night licensees will be told to keep their premises clean or risk losing their licence under new rules from Westminster City Council which come into force on 1 October.
Councils should have more powers to tackle pollution in coastal water, says the Conservative Party. Shadow environment minister Damian Green said: 'The people who know best are those in the locality.'
Yorkshire Forward regional development agency intends to lobby to introduce tax breaks 'to offset the impact of the strong pound on the region's manufacturers'.