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Westminster City Council is an outstandingly successful Conservative-run Council. As with the other London boroughs all the seats are up for election tomorrow. Under the leadership of Cllr Colin Barrow this is an innovative Council – it's work on tackling welfare dependency and proposals for greater localism are likely to be influential on a Cameron Government.

It's Council Tax Band D is £378. (£688 when the Mayor of London's precept is added.)  This is not the lowest Council Tax bill in the country – Wandsworth charges £1 less. Westminster combines this achievement with high quality services – as measured by both independent inspection reports and resident satisfaction surveys. Of course the verdict that counts is the one being delivered tomorrow.

So far as the General Election is concerned the focus is on Westminster North constituency which is our 75th target seat. Of the ten relevant wards when last contested there were seven which went to the Conservatives and three for Labour. Church Street Ward was gained by the Conservatives in a Council byelection two years ago. At the last full Council elections Labour only hung on Westbourne Ward by the skin of their teeth. So those will be interesting wards to watch.

There have been some difficulties in the local association which I have already written about. But they are all pulling together now. Good luck to the Conservative candidate my friend Joanne Cash.

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