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MP COUNCILLORS
Forty-two first-time MPs in the December 2019 intake were sitting councillors, and half are still claiming councillor allowances on top of their MP's salary.

HULL
Labour Hull city council is keen to get into bed with Tory East Riding of Yorkshire council to set up a combined authority, despite public opposition.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE
The Tory chair of the commercial and investment committee has apologised after making a bizarre false claim about the Eye.

BRECKLAND
Two years after trying to sell a golf course it had spent millions on, the district council is still stuck in a bunker and appears to be trying to sell it again.

BLACKBURN-WITH-DARWEN
The council has long complained that it hasn't enough money to function properly – yet it is handing shopping vouchers to hundreds of its staff.

SOUTH AYRSHIRE
Residents are concerned the council has fallen into the grip of conspiracy theory loons, with the public banned even from online meetings because of Covid risk!


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