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STILL NOT ENOUGH UNITARY COUNCIL MEMBERS, SCOTS SAY

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Strathclyde councillors have reacted angrily to the government's announcement yesterday of more members for unitary...
Strathclyde councillors have reacted angrily to the government's announcement yesterday of more members for unitary authorities, The Herald reports (p6).

Strathclyde says Scottish secretary Ian Lang has ignored the needs of the west of Scotland. Mr Lang announced only one extra ward in the region, in North Lanarkshire.

Des McNulty, chairman of the region's reorganisation sub committee, said the average councillor in the unitary Glasgow council would have to represent nearly 6,000 voters.

Strathclyde will take legal advice on whether it can challenge Mr Lang's method of consultation, The Herald reports.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities says there will still be a democratic deficit, with 450 fewer councillors after reorganisation, the paper reports.

Borders RC Chief Executive Kenneth Clark warned that the disparity in numbers of members between the new councils 'must affect the credibility of the whole process,' The Scotsman reports (p4).

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