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MINISTERS GIVE IN ON FREE MAYORAL MAILSHOT

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The government avoided another potentially embarrassing defeat in the house of lords yesterday over its refusal to ...
The government avoided another potentially embarrassing defeat in the house of lords yesterday over its refusal to offer a free mailshot for all London mayoral candidates by offering a compromise, reports The Independent (p8).

Steve Bassam, home office minister, said the government was now prepared to distribute a booklet containing each candidate's election pledges, which would be sent out free to each household in the capital before May's ballot.

Speaking during the Representation of the People Bill's report stage, Lord Bassam made clear that discussions with opposition peers had only finished a few hours before the start of the debate.

Although Conservatives and Liberal Democrats said the compromise falls short of their demands for a free mailshot to all voters, they accepted that the government was 'acting in good faith'.
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