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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 16:45HRS

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CANDIDATE SACKED FOR CONDUCT ALLEGATIONS ON EVE OF LOCAL ELECTIONS ...
CANDIDATE SACKED FOR CONDUCT ALLEGATIONS ON EVE OF LOCAL ELECTIONS

Labour's local government election campaign in Birmingham has suffered a setback after the party sacked a candidate following unspecified 'serious allegations' about his conduct. Officials in London said Saeed Ahmed could not be Labour's Birmingham City Council candidate in the Aston ward, even though he was chosen by local members and his name will appear on the ballot paper, reports The Birmingham Post (p1).

NUDES CENSORED BY MORAL MINORITY

In a battle between the nudes and the prudes, one of the UK's most respected art institutions has been ordered to cover up its naked models for the first time in more than a decade. Education officials at Glasgow City Council decreed that senior art pupils in three schools could not draw the nude life models as part of a long-running programme offered by the Royal Academy of Arts, reports The Scotsman(p3).

TOWER HAMLETS LBC'S DEPUTY MAYOR DEFECTS FROM LABOUR TO LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Cllr Rajib Ahmed has said he resigned from the Labour Party after regional chiefs intervened and imposed candidates for his ward. Despite being on the shortlist of candidates selected by the ward's activists for next month's elections, Cllr Ahmed said that he and the party's election agent Cllr Brian Son were not chosen by regional bosses, reports the East London Advertiser (p6).

BADGERS WILL GET ROOM TO ROAM IN LISTED MANSION

Developers hoping to build five luxury houses in the grounds of an A-listed mansion have been ordered by planning officials to include living quarters for badgers in their designs. Councillors yesterday granted Miller Homes planning permission to build in the grounds of Belmont House in Murrayfield, Edinburgh, an Italianate-style mansion designed by William Playfair in the 1820s, with the unusual condition that a network of gates and ladders is included to ensure the badgers can roam freely throughout the site, reports The Scotsman(p7).

by assistant editor Neil Watson

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