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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE NATIONAL PRESS

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Giles Keating, head of research for private banking at Credit Suisse, argues in the Financial Times for the introdu...
Giles Keating, head of research for private banking at Credit Suisse, argues in the Financial Times for the introduction of a congestion-charging system administered by a congestion central bank.

The UK Independence Party is set to treble its number of candidates in the forthcoming local elections to more than 1,000, the Times reports.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the chief constable of Merseyside Police, and Ian Johnstone, chief constable of British Transport Police, have joined a high-profile committee advising Conservative Party leader David Cameron on law enforcement and security, according to the Financial Times.

The Labour Party has placed improving education at the heart of its manifesto for 3 May's Scottish Parliament election, which was launched yesterday.

But The Independent reports that Gordon Brown's supporters are worried that Blairites are gearing up to blame the drubbing that Labour is likely to receive at next month's polls on the chancellor.

The 'Birmingham Post' reports that the Conservatives look set to overhaul Labour to become the biggest party on the city's council at next month's local elections.

But the paper says that because only a third of seats are being contested on May 3rd, it will be mathematically impossible for the Tories to take an overall majority.

Labour deputy leadership John Cruddas has warned that the British National Party will put up 750 candidates at next month's local elections.

The Dagenham MP warned that the far right party was thriving in the poor areas that used to be Labour's electoral heartlands.

The far right party made big gains in the local elections in Cruddas's Dagenham constituency last year.

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