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NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN APPOINTED

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Mr Edward Osmotherly CB, has been appointed by the Queen as a Local Government Ombudsman, the Environment Secretary...
Mr Edward Osmotherly CB, has been appointed by the Queen as a Local Government Ombudsman, the Environment Secretary John Gummer announced today. He will succeed Mr Frederick Laws, who retires on 31 October. He will have responsibility for an area which currently comprises the South West and West of England, the West Midlands, East Anglia and parts of Southern and Central England.

Mr Gummer said: 'The work of the Local Government Ombudsmen is a vital safeguard for citizens. They are completely independent. If members of the public feel they have suffered injustice because their council has done something wrong, the ombudsmen are there to give fair and impartial consideration to their complaints. I am confident Edward Osmotherly will make a significant contribution to this important service for the public.'

Mr Osmotherly will be based in Coventry.
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