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TWO-THIRDS OF NEW LABOUR MPS CUT THEIR TEETH AS COUNCILLORS.

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Two thirds of the new Labour MPs have been Labour councillors and represent a more significant potential danger for...
Two thirds of the new Labour MPs have been Labour councillors and represent a more significant potential danger for the party leadership than the few remaining left-wing diehards, the Sunday Times claims (page 14, 4 May). Of the 181 new MPs, 120 have been councillors in 'a culture of municipal socialism where a few thousand pounds more could always be found from the rates or council tax to support a women's committee or to do something daft involving social workers', the paper says. Well-known names include Graham Stringer, former leader of Manchester City Council; David Chaytor, a member of Calderdale Council; Joan Humble, former chairman of Lancashire social services. Another 12 new MPs worked in local government, such as Hazel Anne Blears, former lawyer to Manchester city council.
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