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With all Council results across England now in, the Liberal Democrats have clearly won in terms of new councillors gained...with a net gain of forty-five new elected representatives!
We've also gained control of a council. (Watford)
The party's recovery will be a long one, but this is a very positive first step!
Catherine Lomax held her seat in the Kilsby and Barby Ward of Daventry District and Lib Dems made gains in Milton Keynes and Rugby
Tuesday 10th May
10 am to around 12 noon
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Where? Lib Dem Office, 120-126 Kingsley Park Terrace, NN2 7HJ
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Michael Crick, Channel 4 News’s political correspondent, has spent months investigating the Conservative Party’s election expenses from last year’s general election, focusing on the party’s “battle buses”, which moved activists around the country, and the associated costs incurred (e.g. hotels).
Last night’s programme featured another report, this time looking at the use of the buses in the South-West, where the Conservatives successfully targeted every one of the 14 seats held by the Lib Dems:
In response to Crick’s investigation, the Conservatives accepted that they had failed to declare some expenses for hotels due to what they termed an “administrative error”.
Yet the more fundamental question which the Electoral Commission is apparently investigating is whether the costs associated with the battle bus should properly have been accounted for on local rather than national expenses returns. The Tories insist that they should not, but if the Electoral Commission takes a different view it on the face of it could mean that in several constituencies, the Conservatives exceeded spending limits.
Last year Local Lib Dem Councillor Dennis Meredith ( Talavera), arranged a survey to find out why Billing Brook Lakes were silting up and polluted.
There were problems with water flows, blocked culverts , run-off from Round Spinney Industrial Estate and rubbish dumped in water courses. The report highlighted years of neglect and possible health hazards.
Thanks to Dennis’s persistence both the Environment Agency and Northampton Borough Council did extensive work this, together with more rainfall last winter, means the lakes are looking much healthier this spring
Following further disclosures that MP David Mackintosh's campaign received money intended for the Cobbler's , Cllr Sally Beardsworth is once again demanding that the local Conservatives repay the £30,000 to the council.
The demand comes after new revelations today from the BBC.
Northampton South MP's election bid funded by 'missing millions' firm
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A Tory MP's general election bid got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money.
A total of £30,000 was sent to David Mackintosh's Northampton South Fighting Fund from 1st Land Ltd.
It received council loan money intended to rebuild the town's football ground.
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