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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 17:10HRS

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ELECTIONS 2004: BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY'S FOUR COUNCIL SEATS A SHOCK TO BRADFORD ...
ELECTIONS 2004: BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY'S FOUR COUNCIL SEATS A SHOCK TO BRADFORD

As it has four councillors, the BNP 'can form a (political) group on the council and have group facilities and rights,' notes Bradford University politics professor Colin Mellors in the Yorkshire Post (p6). He went on to warn: 'The council obviously has worked very hard in the last two or three years in terms of community cohesion. Maybe all this is potentially threatened.' Executive member for regeneration Simon Cooke said: 'Bradford is turning the corner in terms of regeneration and we want to continue that. We want Bradford to be a great place to live and work for everyone and 86 members of the council will be doing just that,' he said.

WALSALL TO TAKE NO FURTHER ACTION OVER POLLING STATION WHICH RAN OUT OF BALLOT PAPERS

An investigation is to be carried out after a Walsall polling station ran out of ballot papers, reported The Birmingham Post (12/6/04, p3). A spokesman for Walsall MBC said the chief executive carried out an investigation after receiving several complaints but has decided not to take any further action. He said officers at the polling station had contacted many of those who had left the station without casting a vote and believed there were few who did not return. 'All we can do is apologise,' he added.

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL LEADER FACES NEGOTIATIONS TO LET LABOUR CONTINUE IN POWER

Even before the final votes were counted there were signs that Birmingham leader Sir Albert Bore will face a leadership challenge from his own colleagues at a Labour group meeting later this month, reported the The Birmingham Post(p3). It also appears likely Conservatives will insist on seats in the council cabinet in return for an informal power-sharing agreement with Labour. Cabinet members Andrew Coulson, Mick Rice and Cath Grundy lost their seats, as did deputy leader Stewart Stacey.

'BAG TAX' ON CONSUMERS TO PAY FOR SCOTLAND LANDFILL HEADACHE

Scotland on Sunday (p4)revealed that shoppers are set to pay a tax of up to 15p per carrier bag under government plans to reduce the environmental damage caused by our casual use of carriers. Environment minister Ross Finnie is understood to be 'interested in supporting' a private member's bill proposing a levy similar to that used in Ireland, which has been tabled in the Scottish parliament by fellow Liberal member Mike Pringle.

TRIBUTES TO FORMER CARDIFF LEADER RUSSELL GOODWAY

'Love him or hate him,' according to a leading article in The Western Mail, 'there can be no denying the impact that Russell Goodway's leadership has had on the changing face of Cardiff.' Mr Goodway was due to be challenged for the Cardiff City Council leadership by Greg Owens at a post-election meeting of the Labour group, but stood bown before the meeting. Mr Owens was then elected unopposed as Labour's new leader in Cardiff.

WALES' YOUNGEST COUNCILLOR AN EXPERT ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Wales' youngest councillor was elected to Ceredigion CC on Super Thursday, reports The Western Mail(p5). At 21, Mark Cole has not yet got his driving licence, but believes in giving the council 'a passenger's eye view.'

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