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Labour takes leadership of Norfolk council

Labour have taken over leadership of Norfolk County Council after the Conservatives lost their overall majority in the local elections at the beginning of May.

George Nobbs, leader of the Labour group was elected Leader of the Council by 42 votes to 38.

Labour's Mick Castle has been appointed Cabinet Member for Education and Schools and James Joyce, the leader of the Lib Dem group is Cabinet Member for Safeguarding.

On Thursday, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP announced an agreement to work together to reform the council.

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UKIP planning shake-up on Cambridgeshire council

Cambridgeshire County Council meets for the first time since the Conservatives were swept from power in the local elections. The Tories were five seats short of an overall majority after a surge in supports for UKIP.

UKIP's leader on the County Council, Peter Reeve wants a shake-up which will see the one-party Cabinet structure replaced by a committee system which sees all parties running the council's business.

Speaking on Anglia Late Edition, Mr Reeve said he also wants an Independent councillor to be the council leader instead of a Conservative although the Tories are still the largest party in Cambridgeshire.

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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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