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LABOUR USES NATIONAL CARD TO FIGHT LOCAL CORNER -CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

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Labour's local government election launch this morning promised a campaign fought on national as well as local issu...
Labour's local government election launch this morning promised a campaign fought on national as well as local issues.

Shadow environment secretary, Jack Straw and deputy leader, Margaret Beckett dubbed Labour 'the only true national party', standing more candidates in England and Wales than any other.

Margaret Beckett said: 'The election on the 5 May will be about two things. It will be a chance to express a verdict on this discredited government.

'And it will be an opportunity to vote for Labour councils who, despite being starved of resources provide good local services.

Labour flagged up issues with which they had a good record such as childcare, local crime prevention. The Leader of Lewisham LBC, Margaret Moran (see LGCNet), said her council had a record of guaranteeing quality services : 'Long before Major's chartermarks were dreamt up'.
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