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STOCKTON-ON-TEES
A former Cleveland Police chief inspector who retired under a cloud is the new chair of a council police and crime panel that scrutinises, er, Cleveland Police.

FOLKESTONE AND HYTHE
Locals are puzzled about a plan to build a 10,000-home “garden town”, which awaits planning permission. The council has spent more than £50m on it.

CROYDON
Days after the Labour council started sacking hundreds of staff, it agreed to borrow £30.8m towards the purchase of 165 flats from its own housebuilder.

HAVERING
The council’s Tory leader has been secretly recorded outlining a plot to gerrymander electoral ward boundaries and create more true-blue wards.

SPELTHORNE
After a committee agreed behind closed doors to give WeWork an 18-month rent holiday, the council leader was ditched and the Tories split amid acrimony.

GLASGOW
The SNP city council leader has been told she did not have to declare an interest when the council invited her husband to sign up to a beneficial shop scheme.


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