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LOCAL GOVERNMENT FAILURES OF TORY REGIMES ADMITTED

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The Conservative spokesman on Scottish affairs in the Commons, Liam Fox, has admitted that the Thatcher and Major g...
The Conservative spokesman on Scottish affairs in the Commons, Liam Fox, has admitted that the Thatcher and Major governments got their policies badly wrong on local government, reports The Herald (p6).

Speaking at a Tory local government conference in Perth on Saturday, he said: 'One of the greatest mistakes made in 18 years was the diminution of the standing of local government. We might have done it for the best reasons but we got the worst outcome. As a party we paid a heavy price for the twin policies of reform and restraint.'

He said reforms had been based on geographical changes and financial cuts, instead of going back to first principles and looking at the role of local authorities. This had reduced repect for local government and in turn had made it difficult to attract candidates of sufficient calibre.
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