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Should councils fear a Labour leadership election?

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“David Miliband as a potential new Labour leader may change the thrust of the parties’ policies. As the former local government minister, he had strong views about the role of councils. However, one of local government’s strengths is its ability to respond to challenge.”

Karl Sewell
Head of policy performance and communications, Sevenoaks DC

“In my experience, any election for party leader creates a distraction for MPs who become absorbed with these issues and once again local government gets neglected. Ultimately, this will affect local residents.”
Terry McDougall
Director, Solace Enterprises

“In the short term, yes, as it will undoubtedly deflect ministerial time away from what is really important and that’s supporting us in delivering local services for local people.”

Richard Crouch
Head of human resources and organisational development, Somerset CC

“I do not think local government should fear the outcome of national political debates. There is plenty of work to do in delivering good quality public services and whatever the future holds I believe this will remain a fundamental focus.”

Guy Holloway
Head of corporate improvement, Kettering BC

“Anything that might give impetus to Cornish unitary arrangements would be welcomed.”

Mark Williams
Town clerk, Falmouth Town Council

“No. Councils are used to managing constant political change and its policy implications it’s what we’re best at!”

Donna Hall
Chief executive, Chorley BC

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