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News round-up 16/11: Wiltshire Conservative claims first PCC post

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government

Police and Crime Commissioners

Conservative PCC Angus MacPherson, the first declared Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire, told the Today Programme that the election in Wiltshire was approached by all candidates in a similar fashion to allow the electorate to choose the best candidate.

He described the election in Wiltshire as a “large job interview” and conceded that it would have been better had more people had voted in the elections.

Mr MacPherson said that his first priority was to work with stakeholders in writing his police and crime plan. He wanted to maintain performance whilst achieving savings. He added that he would place an emphasis on adopting a multi-agency approach to build stronger communities.



Leaked emails have revealed “fresh cracks” in Barnet LBC’s plans to outsource more than £500m in contracts, the Guardian reports. A Conservative councillor at the authority, Sury Khatri, has claimed the party does not have a mandate for the radical plan, which has led to it being dubbed “easyCouncil”, it says.


School technology

Speaking on the Today programme, Stian Westlake from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) said that hundreds of millions of pounds was being invested in computers in schools but they were not being incorporated into teaching practice as much as possible.

There was a large potential for using computers in schools, but he said that they were not making a sufficiently significant impact. He argued that there was a lack of experimentation and coordination with the curriculum.


Councillor expenses.

The “disgraced” peer Lord Hanningfield spent more than £286,000 on an Essex CC credit card over a five years period, the Guardian reports.



The Mayor of London and the CBI have warned that the Coalition’s immigration policy is hurting growth, the Financial Times reports. Speaking before a trip to India, Mayor Boris Johnson said restrictive visa policies were preventing the City and academia from recruiting the brightest and best.



Government ministers have “buckled” under pressure from major supermarkets and will not impose fines on retailers for exploiting small suppliers, according to the Daily Mail. Charities and consumer groups have warned the move will allow supermarkets to pass costs on to shoppers and continue to pressure suppliers into accepting rock-bottom prices.


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  • Essex CC need to explain why they are taking no civil action over the clear abuse of expenses. Readers should look up just what was spent why this convicted criminal.

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