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MAY 2 LOCAL ENGLISH ELECTIONS PREVIEWED

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In the first of a new series leading up to the local elections in England on May 2, the Financial Times (p8) focuse...
In the first of a new series leading up to the local elections in England on May 2, the Financial Times (p8) focuses on the challenges facing the main parties.

The focus will be the metropolitan districts and about 100 other districts where a third of the council retires each year.

Only four of the districts facing elections are Conservative controlled.

There will also be polls to elect shadow authorities in areas facing reorganisation from May 1997, the paper explains.

It points to the irony that it is possible that the electoral battle could become dominated by the past affairs of a council that is not even involved in this year's elections.
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