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Labour retain Oulton in by-election

Labour has deprived the Tories of outright control of Waveney District Council by retaining their seat at Oulton.

The by-election was called following the death of Labour councillor Mike Ives-Keeler in June.

The seat won by Labour's Len Jacklin, with the Tory councillor in second place.

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Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign

Ed Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign in Ipswich.

A Labour government will give councils new powers to stop pay day lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband pledged.

Businesses that do well out of hard times are springing up in place of shops, restaurants and banks but town halls are almost powerless to act, the party leader warned.

He set out Labour proposals to change planning laws so councils could refuse permission for certain businesses, including payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt.

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Davey: Miliband tax plan 'is best form of flattery'

The Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told ITV News he is "delighted" Labour has "seen the error of their ways" by announcing plans for a "mansion tax" on houses worth £2 million:

Our flagship policy is fairer taxes.

People copying you is the best form of flattery.

If Labour are realising they should have supported the "mansion tax" when we argued for it when they were in government and could have delivered it, then I am delighted that they have seen the error of their ways.

– Energy Secretary Ed Davey