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BARKING & DAGENHAM
The Labour council leader withdrew his candidacy to succeed Margaret Hodge as local MP following allegations of sexual harassment, which he denies.

DERBY
Baggy Shanker, the city council leader who looks likely to succeed Margaret Beckett in Derby South, is drawing flak over controversial waste plant plans.

TOWER HAMLETS
An outspoken former councillor is standing as an Independent against Keir Starmer as a "protest vote", even though his wife is a Labour councillor.

LAMBETH
Despite complaints about the misuse of figures, the Times continues to peddle stories from a body set up by Michael Gove about failing Labour councils.

YORK
A kilometre-long, five-metre-wide wildflower verge was mown, with the apparent knowledge of senior council officers, at the beginning of the month.

BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET
Plans by the husband of the council leader to convert two agricultural buildings into a hotel have been withdrawn after objections by a planning officer.


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