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REFERENDUM PLANNED ON CAMDEN CHANGES

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Camden LBC's ruling Labour group is poised to put options for the reorganisation of the local authority to a public...
Camden LBC's ruling Labour group is poised to put options for the reorganisation of the local authority to a public vote, reports The Hampstead and Highgate Express (p1).

At a meeting last week, Labour councillors agreed to put a motion to full council next month stating that it will 'consider carefully' holding a referendum on democratic renewal.

Richard Arthur, the council leader, who has tabled the motion, said he wants to dispel rumours that Labour is opposed to a public poll on the issue.

'Some people have said the Labour group is trying to avoid a referendum but this is not the case,' he said. 'Clearly some people have a view that the town hall is locked in some secrecy culture. We need to dispel this.'

He said the current legal situation on whether a referendum can be held is 'complicated' and he is seeking clarification from the government. He also said he wants to look at the results of Camden's consultation, which ended earlier this month, before making any decisions.
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