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Top stories in this issue (1543):

LIVERPOOL
Chaos and confusion as Labour flounders in its efforts to find a viable candidate to replace elected mayor “Uncle” Joe Anderson.

BRISTOL
Elected mayor Marvin Rees is under fire again from environmentalists after the last of five much-loved mature maple trees was hacked down at night.

LONDON
The most recent accounts show City Hall erroneously overstated the value of its property assets by an eye-watering £100m for the previous financial year.

SUNDERLAND
Another councillor has used the “Ken defence” that he did not breach the city council's code of conduct because he was “not on council business” at the time.

CROYDON
The bankrupt council's government bailout of £120m dwarfs the total of loans to five other local authorities combined, making it the biggest in history.

ROTHERHAM
A councillor was wrongly paid monthly instalments of £600 for more than a year but never checked her account, she told a standards and ethics committee.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE
The deputy leader has resigned over a £187,000 low-interest loan he got from the council to build a luxury extension to the “farm” he rented from the council.


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