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The Guardian Newspaper is reporting that David Cameron has spent £680,000 of tax-payers cash on renovating 10 Downing Street, including £30,000 on a new kitchen in the No.11 Flat. Details obtained from freedom of information requests by Labour MP, Tom Watson, have revealed the hypocrisy of the the Prime Minister and his Government. Whilst Councils like Leicester are facing large, front-loaded cuts to public services and ordinary people are seeing their living standards being eaten into, there seems to be a different set of rules in this time austerity for David Cameron.

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The Labour Party is seeking a new generation of campaigners and activists to join our Future Candidates Programme.

The Labour Party Future Candidates Programme will provide training and support to a group of individuals through a summer school and mentoring programme involving experienced elected representatives and trainers.

From Welsh Assembly Members, to MPs to City Mayors – Britain needs strong, committed, Labour representatives. So if you are up for the challenge then take the next step and apply to the programme today.The deadline for applications is Monday 4 July. Successful applicants will be notified by mid July.

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On Saturday 21st May, the Labour Leader, Ed Miliband made a major keynote speech at the Progress Annual Conference. In it he set out how Labour had to “own the future” and set out what he thought would be the key components of Labour’s new “national mission” to regain the trust of the British people and to address their day to day concerns.

  • A living wage.
  • A new industrial policy.
  • Proper reform of finance, so it works for the wider economy.
  • Responsibility at the top, and at the bottom.

Read the full speech from Progress.

The BBC News website has a video clip of the speech.

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By Peter Warzynski of the Leicester Mercury

Members of the public have quizzed the city’s newly-elected Mayor on issues ranging from health problems to playgrounds.

Sir Peter Soulsby held his first Meet the Mayor event at the Clock Tower on Saturday.

He was joined by deputy mayor Rory Palmer and his six assistant mayors as they answered questions from a steady stream of passers-by.

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By David Maclean Political Correspondent of the Leicester Mercury

Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has unveiled his new cabinet of councillors.

The new leader of the city yesterday announced he had re-appointed three current cabinet members – Mohammed Dawood, Vi Dempster and Sarah Russell.

Two appointees, Piara Singh Clair and Manjula Sood, are former lord mayors, while Ted Cassidy is the only newly-elected councillor to make the cabinet cut.

The six, who will be referred to as assistant mayors rather than cabinet members, were called on Sunday night and invited to join the powerful decision-making panel, alongside Sir Peter and deputy Rory Palmer.

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