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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN THE REGIONAL PRESS - UPDATED 17:25HRS

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  • Welsh language protesters hijacked a train, filling it with supporters and refusing to pay for their tickets, reported the Western Mail(31/1/05, p10).

  • The European constitution will consolidate and simplify existing legislation and should not be feared, according to the Birmingham City Council Labour group leader - and former council leader - Albert Bore, reported The Birmingham Post (31/1/05, p6).

  • The City and County of Swansea councillor who used material from the British National Party in an election leaflet, Alan Robinson, has apologised, reports Western Mail(p3).

  • According to a new Audit Commission report, school finances in Bradford are in a critical state and require urgent action by Bradford City MDC and Education Bradford to put them right, reports the Yorkshire Post(p6).

  • Leeds City Council members decided on a naked dancing ban as lap dancing bars had sprung up without them realising, because owners only needed a public entertainment licence, reported the Yorkshire Post(31/1/05, p3). The proposals have been drawn up by council officers with help from Birmingham City Council, which caused a storm of protest when it proposed a ban on nudity last year.

  • According to Edinburgh City Council leader Donald Anderson, buses and taxis are the reason Edinburgh is failing to meet new European guidelines on emissions and not private cars, reported The Scotsman (31/1/05, p14).
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