Fellow ministers and devolution campaigners are urging John Prescott to order referendums in all three northern English regions for autumn this year in order to maximise coverage of possible assemblies, reported the Yorkshire Post(9/4/03, p6). One government minister allegedly said that the deputy prime minister was now being pushed to hold referendums in the north-east, Yorkshire and the north-west.
The Greater London Labour Party has told Labour members of Tower Hamlets LBC to come clean on any links with a locally-based IT company currently under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad, or they may face disciplinary action, reported the East London Advertiser (10/4/03, p8). Councillors have until today to respond to a questionnaire asking about links to MATT, which is thought to have received millions of pounds of public funds.
HIGH COURT ALLOWS DISABLED MAN TO KEEP HOME
Leeds High Court has granted a severely disabled man the right to keep his Rotherham home after he broke planning regulations, reported the Yorkshire Post(9/4/03, p8). Jamie Preece had been at the centre of a long-running legal row with Rotherham MBC over the construction of stables and establishment of mobile homes on a green belt site without planning permission. However, Judge Peter Langan ruled in Mr Preece's favour in the interests of his well-being.