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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES FROM THE REGIONAL MEDIA - UPDATED 16:10HRS

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LIVERPOOL DEFENDS TOP RATE OF PAY FOR TOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS ...
LIVERPOOL DEFENDS TOP RATE OF PAY FOR TOP EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Liverpool's council chiefs have defended the pay packages of its top five council department heads - 'better paid than the chief executives of many UK cities' according to The Post- saying that to attract the right kind of people to its top positions it has to pay the 'market rate'. Executive member for resources, Chris Curry, said: 'In order to attract the top-notch quality people, we have to pay this kind of salary.'

LABOUR'S THREE-LINE WHIP ON MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT FOR ROYAL VISIT

Labour MSPs were issued with a three-line whip to attend the Scottish parliament today for the visit of the Queen, party managers 'reluctantly admitted' to The Herald(p1) last night. At least 15 opposition MSPs, including Nationalists, Socialists, and Greens, boycotted the ceremony in protest at the monarch's presence, but Labour appeared determined to avoid any potential embarrassment, even though there was no vote at stake.

COUPLE WINS FIGHT TO REGISTER BABY'S NAME IN GAELIC

Parents the Boyles of Erbusaig protested after being told their child, Aoife NicBhaoile, would have to have her name converted to English before it could be accepted. However, the General Register Office for Scotland has since issued a climbdown, reports The Herald(p1).

IN DEPTH: ARREST WARRANT FOR MUM WHO PUT SHOPPING BEFORE HER DAUGHTER'S EDUCATION

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a mother who left her teenage daughter at home to look after her other children while she shopped, and subsequently failed to attend a court hearing yesterday, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. Toni Sissons could now be imprisoned for three months or be hit by a £2,500 fine. Magistrates in Leeds heard that, after a home visit from school bosses investigating why Vanessa had not been seen for five months, they tried to fix up a meeting about the problem, but the mother told them she couldn't make it because she had to go shopping. Chris Brown, prosecuting for Leeds City Council, said: 'She made it quite clear that going shopping was more important that her daughter's education.'

TRAFFIC WARDENS SHY AWAY FROM CRIMEFIGHTING ROLE

Scotland's traffic wardens yesterday dealt a blow to the personal crusade against crime waged by first minister Jack McConnell, expressing concerns over plans to widen their role to become the 'eyes and ears' of the police. The Scotsmanunderstands a considerable number of wardens have questioned proposals to expand their remit to play a intelligence-gathering role in tackling street crime and anti-social behaviour, claiming the move may place them in further conflict with the public.

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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