- Ken Livingstone responds to his election victory as Labour's London Mayoral candidate
- Council tax revaluation ruled out
George Eustice MP on Platform: Lessons for Labour from the Tories' 2005 cathartic leadership contest
- Pickles curbs Council Tax as revaluation is ruled out
- Suffolk County Council plan to become "enabling authority"
- Defecting Councillor accused of data theft
Pickles and Spelman are "King and Queen of the quango cuts" – and are promoted to the Star Chamber
"More than 30 ‘green’ quangos are facing the axe and the budget for communities will be slashed by a third after George Osborne signed off massive cuts to two departments. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles yesterday agreed with the Treasury on how to slash spending in their departments. The two ministers, dubbed the ‘King and Queen of quango cuts’ in Whitehall, impressed the Chancellor with their willingness to axe expensive bodies." – Daily Mail
David Cameron to hold budget talks during "distracting" Labour conference
"David Cameron and George Osborne are to use the cover of the Labour Conference next week to hold a series of meetings with ministers to try to hammer out agreement on the spending review, amid wrangling on sensitive areas such as Trident and higher education. Ministers have decided that the Labour conference in Manchester provides the perfect opportunity for the meetings while the political world is distracted by the election of a new leader of the opposition." – The Guardian
As Nick Clegg visits the White House, spending cuts may need to pass a Lib Dem "middle-class audit"
"Coalition policies could undergo a ‘middle class’ audit to ensure they are not hurting hard-working families. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s attempt to become a champion of ordinary households comes despite fears the government will axe universal entitlements such as child benefit and winter fuel allowance for the better-off…Last night Mr Clegg was due to swap ideas at the White House with U.S. vice president Joe Biden, who has an army of experts deciding whether policies ‘would harm or hurt the middle classes’." – Daily Mail
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