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All_saints_gazette_2All Saints Gazette: Robin Millar was quick to see the potential of blogs as a way of communicating with his constituents, starting it in October 2004 and receiving a local award in 2006. He is a senior member of Forest Heath Council and the founding director of a consultancy company that deals with local government. All Saints Gazette is usually updated every day and often features videos and light-hearted links to break up the more serious, yet approachable pieces.

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Councillor Iain Lindley: Iain, a young councillor in Salford, also started blogging towards the end of 2004. He has written over 400 posts since then, mostly sticking to issues that are relevant to Walkden. In terms of national politics he can be seen debating local elections on a very popular non-partisan forum he set up, as well as criticising ConservativeHome!

MaidavaleMaida Vale Conservatives: This blog is multiple-authored by the three Conservative councillors in this Westminster City Council ward. Working together means they can keep it regularly updated with very focused posts on local issues. Their side-bar is very well designed with pictures of themselves, prominent contact info, surgery times, a Meebo box, local links and online In Touch leaflets.

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