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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS IN THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS

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CAMERON URGES END TO NIMBYISM...
CAMERON URGES END TO NIMBYISM

Conservative leader David Cameron has called for his party to end its 'Not in My Backyard' approach to new homes, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg1).

He conceded some of the green belt in the south east of England would have to be sacrificed to help young people meet home ownership aspirations.

Mr Cameron also told his party's annual conference that immigrants must learn English and not live parallel lives in separate communities.

Tory MPs were thanked for helping transform an unused church into a community centre in Bournemouth during the conference, reports The Guardian (pg13). MPs helped with decorating and donations of materials and furniture.

Mr Cameron's full speech

TORY CALLS STATE PUPILS 'POTTED PLANTS'

One of David Cameron's new generation of Tories has suggested that people who are not privately educated are 'potted plants', reports The Independent.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who will fight a targeted seat in the next general election, said the party would not be 'able to form a government if it has potted plants as candidates simply to make up quotas'. People also wanted an MP who would 'write an articulate letter to social services or whoever'

Meanwhile education secretary Alan Johnson is said to be infuriated by remarks made by the Eton College provost, calling for return to academic selection, reports The Times (pg4).

MICROCHIPPED WHEELIE BINS USED BY MORE THAN 30 COUNCILS

Councils are 'stealthily' introducing microchipped wheelie bins which weigh the contents, reports the Daily Mail (pg1).

The newspaper also claims that laws will be drawn up within weeks to let every local authority give households a bin based on the volume of their garbage.

The LGA said it backed pay-as-you-throw schemes as a measure to cut waste going to landfills.

Meanwhile a resident in Winchester has persuaded contractors running his waste round to start collections later in the day after staging a one-man protest, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg1). The man blocked the dustcart with his car after being woken up by collection noise at 5.45am.

OUTRAGE OVER BNP LEAFLET CAMPAIGN

The BNP has launched an anti-Muslim leafleting campaign in south London using cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, reports The Guardian (pg16).

It has been handed out in Sutton in a move criticised by the area's first Asian mayor, Lal Hussain. However Mr Hussain said local people were 'far too literate and tolerant' for the BNP to make much headway.

OMBUDSMAN ORDERS COUNCIL TO REPAY CARE FEES

Wandsworth LBC has been ordered to repay a woman£27,000 wrongly paid in nursing fees for her elderly mother, reports The Daily Telegraph (pg6).

Local government ombudsman Jerry White said the council's assessment of the woman's needs was 'flawed by maladministration'.

COUNCILLOR CAUSES A STORM OVER GAY NOAH'S ARK COMMENT

A Conservative councillor for Bournemouth BC has been chastised by colleagues over an inappropriate remark in a group email, reports The Times (pg29).

David Clutterbuck was responding to an email sent around about the obstacles Noah would have to overcome in the modern world before setting sail - including obtaining planning permission, setting up a sprinkler system and seeking RSPCA guidance.

Mr Clutterbuck added that now it would be 'illegal to only have animals of the opposite sex'.

The leader of the council and other colleagues have urged him to compulsory equality training, but the councillor has remained unrepentant.

EX-MAYOR VIDEO GAMES GIVEN THUMBS UP FOR SCHOOL LESSONS

The government has been advised that video games are a 'compelling learning resource', reports The Daily Telegraph (pg1).

The new report shows that pupils passing tests in maths, English and information technology rose to 94 per cent after one school in Nottingham introduced the Neverwinger Nights game into its teaching.

MAYOR ADMITS 'SEXUAL THRILL' IN SEX DISCRIMINATION CASE

The former mayor of Chard in Somerset has admitted experiencing a 'sexual thrill' when standing next to his town clerk, reports the Daily Mail (pg21).

Tony Prior, 67, is facing sexual discrimination allegations brought by Sally Bing. The council has already settled an undisclosed sum with her.

The employment tribunal also heard that Mr Prior called Ms Bing while he was on holiday with his wife.

The hearing continues.

JUDGE DEFENDS LIVINGSTONE AGAINST ANTI-SEMITIC ALLEGATIONS

A High Court judge has defended Ken Livingstone during the London mayor's appeal against a decision ordering him to step down for a month, reports The Guardian (pg5).

Mr Livingstone is challenging the decision of the Adjudication Panel for England.

During the hearing yesterday, Mr Justice Collins said he did not want anyone to suggest that the mayor was anti-semitic because of the remark he made to a Jewish reporter. The hearing continues. Full coverage here.

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