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SOUTH TYNESIDE
Leader Iain Malcolm has abruptly stepped down as a councillor and quit the Labour party, delighting and mystifying his many enemies in equal measure.

SHEFFIELD
Council taxpayers are wondering why the city council ended up paying an agency more than £200,000 for the services of its interim chief executive.

JERSEY
Chaos abounds after the news that the government’s £250,000 full-time chief exec was moonlighting as a director of a property company for £50,000 a year.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Questions are being asked after the council paid a former BBC local radio presenter £216,000 to run a PR campaign to recruit foster carers.

ABERDEEN
A standards panel has given a former councillor a backdated suspension – ie no sanction at all – a year on from his conviction for sexually assaulting a waiter.

CROYDON
Behind the council’s collapse into bankruptcy, largely on account of its arms-length housing company, lie some curious family and political connections.

ENFIELD
The London borough is raising the price of graves by up to £3,000, or 50 percent – and local Tories claim the Labour council is “cashing in on Covid”.


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