Local government

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Old Bexley and Sidcup byelection: Tories retain true-blue seat
Louie French becomes MP for suburban London seat, but Tories’ majority of nearly 19,000 cut to 4,478

Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent and Archie Bland

03, Dec, 2021 @8:13 AM

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Storm Arwen fallout: soldiers arrive to help Scottish communities
About 19,500 homes in UK still without power six days after winds caused damage and disruption

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

02, Dec, 2021 @4:05 PM

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From a Debenhams to a creative hub: closed stores get new lease in community life
Empty department stores are being transformed into places for young entrepreneurs and social projects

Sarah Butler

01, Dec, 2021 @6:05 PM

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At least 688 people died homeless in England and Wales in 2020
Small fall due to emergency lockdown shelter but experts say ‘deeply distressing’ figures could be underestimation

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

01, Dec, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Manchester city council’s new leader vows to prioritise women’s safety
Bev Craig says too much urban planning has been ‘male-led’, making public spaces feel less safe

Helen Pidd North of England editor

01, Dec, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Tories suspend Plymouth council leader after ‘victim-blaming’ remarks
Cllr Nick Kelly apologises for his advice, after McLeod death, that told women ‘not to put themselves in compromising position’

Jem Bartholomew

30, Nov, 2021 @8:45 PM

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Gove-led cabinet committee makes fresh bid for progress on levelling up
Weekly meetings of ministers chaired by Michael Gove expected to lead to new policies on reducing inequality

Heather Stewart Political editor

27, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Owner calls off sale of UK ports operator amid legal row with PM ally
Decision to abandon sale of PD Ports a blow to Tory mayor Ben Houchen’s Teesside regeneration plans

Julia Kollewe

26, Nov, 2021 @4:57 PM

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Filthy business: who will stop Britain’s illegal waste-dumping mafia? | George Monbiot
Mountains of illegal waste is piling up as the Environment Agency stands by, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

George Monbiot

24, Nov, 2021 @7:29 AM

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Councils in England report 34% rise in elective home education
Pandemic linked to ‘rapid surge’ in number of families choosing to take children out of school

Sally Weale Education correspondent

24, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Lib Dems and Labour should only target seats they can win, says Ed Davey
Party leader says its focus will be to win seat vacated by Owen Paterson in North Shropshire, leaving Labour to contest Old Bexley and Sidcup

Michael Savage

21, Nov, 2021 @10:30 AM

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‘Boris is a waste of space’: sleaze row to test Tory loyalties in byelection
People in Old Bexley and Sidcup say their faith has been undermined but they are still likely to vote Tory

Rachel Hall

14, Nov, 2021 @4:34 PM

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