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WEST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
A councillor was prevented from raising concerns at a meeting over the leader of the council, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his then wife back in 2004.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Lancashire and Warwickshire county councils are both under fire over failures involving children with special educational needs and disabilities.

PLYMOUTH
The local government minister has announced an investigation into a £70m loan made to the city council by the former Public Works Loan Board.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE
A drinking club run by Conservative county and district councillor has had its licence conditions tightened after a string of reports of crime and disorder.

DACORUM
The council is embroiled in a legal dispute after it was challenged for fining hundreds of people up to £1,000 for urinating in lay-bys.

COVENTRY
The Labour-run city council sent out 109,000 leaflets to residents with the wrong year on the date of the forthcoming local elections.


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