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TORY CONFERENCE MANAGERS TRY TO AVERT ANTI-CAPPING DEBATE

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Tory party managers have managed to keep a demand for the end of capping off the agenda of the party's local govern...
Tory party managers have managed to keep a demand for the end of capping off the agenda of the party's local government conference which opens in Solihull today, reports the Daily Telegraph (p17).

But the paper says that rank and file members intend to keep up the pressure for the lifting of capping restrictions, in the belief that voters would flock back to the party if they faced the unfettered spending consequences of Labour and Liberal Democrat controlled councils.

Members of the party's local government advisory committee decided to postpone discussion on the issue until after the May local elections.

But the Telegraph says that a motion from the party's Eastern Area calling for the ending of capping, the return of business rates to council control, and a review of grant distribution, would have gained wide support.
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