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NOLAN WILL INVESTIGATE LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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Allegations of political abuse in Birmingham City Council are to be examined by the Nolan committee on standards in...
Allegations of political abuse in Birmingham City Council are to be examined by the Nolan committee on standards in public life, reports The Birmingham Post (p1).

And a spokesman for the Nolan committee said last night that they would be turning their attention to other local authorities:

'Currently we are concentrating on MPs' interests and appointments to quangos. But we certainly will look at local government in due course'.

'It may well be that local government forms the core of our second report, due to get under way later in the year once the committee has met its six month deadline for its initial report,' the spokesman said, reports The Post.

Birmingham's ruling Labour group is facing accusations of vote-rigging, giving party members preference in the allocation of housing grants, and suggestions that councillors have gained personal benefits from foreign trips.

And a Birmingham Conservative has called for a register of interests to be set up for civic officials to declare any gains they made or gifts they receive in the course of their public duties.

The spokesman for the Nolan commission invited submissions on the proposal:

'The suggestion of a register of councillors' interests based on the parliamentary model is just the sort of thing we will be wanting to receive submissions on'.

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