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PRIME MINISTER FACING BACKBENCH REVOLT OVER COUNCIL REVIEW

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Prime Minister John Major is facing a backbench revolt over the local government review, claims the Times (p11). ...
Prime Minister John Major is facing a backbench revolt over the local government review, claims the Times (p11).

The paper says that the revolt is over Mr Major's insistence that shire councils should be abolished regardless of local opinion. Many Tory MPs are concerned that the reform plans will cause open warfare between districts and counties.

Sir John Banham, chairman of the Local Government Commission, is reported as saying that he will have no pity for the 'army of arm twisting and axe grinding special pleaders.'
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