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TORIES PLAN TO SAVE PARISHES FROM LABOUR 'ABOLITION'

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The Conservatives have launched a campaign to 'save' parish councils, which they claim face abolition by the govern...
The Conservatives have launched a campaign to 'save' parish councils, which they claim face abolition by the government.

The Tories will consult parishes to find ways to strengthen and improve them.

Shadow environment secretary Archie Norman said: 'Labour have trailed that they want to abolish or weaken parish councils and replace them with Ôneighbourhood forums'.

'This is further proof that Labour doesn't understand the countryside.'

The DETR denies having any plans to abolish parishes. John Findlay, chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils, which represents parishes, said: 'We welcome Archie Norman's support and interest, and fully appreciate his recognition of the importance of first-tier government.'
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