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Annandale Councillor joins Labour

Annandale North Councillor Graeme Tait has announced that he has joined the Labour Party and therefore became a member of the Labour group on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Councillor Tait was first elected to the council in the Annandale North by-election in November 2012 as a Conservative member.

The Labour Group on the council is now up to 15 members while the Council’s administration now has 25 members.

I have decided to join the Labour Party because it has become increasingly clear that their policies and values better reflect my own.

It is clear that the Labour Party and the Labour Group of Councillors care about tackling the inequalities that exist and protecting the most vulnerable in our society and I share those principles with them.

“I have been hugely impressed by the way the new Labour led administration has run the council. The Council Leader has shown strong Leadership and put in place the clear direction the council has needed.

– Cllr Graeme Tait

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Labour and Lib Dems coalition for Cumbria County Council

A Labour and Liberal Democrats coalition is set to lead Cumbria County Council.

It follows a week of uncertainty after the local election results and will replace the former Labour-Conservative administration.

It is expected that six Cabinet seats will go to Labour and four will go to the Liberal Democrats.

The leader of the council will be named at a full council meeting on Thursday.

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Blair: Thatcher 'was kind and generous spirited'

Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:

“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.

And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.

As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.

She will be sadly missed.

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The full interview: Ed Miliband

The Labour leader hasn't ruled out the idea of re-nationalising therail network. Ed Miliband was speaking in an interview with ITV Borderat the end of his party's annual conference in Manchester.

Mr Miliband condemned the mistakes which led to the cancellation of the new WestCoast Main Line franchise. He said his party would consider severaloptions for the future running of the railways. Watch Helen Ford's full interview with Mr Miliband here.

West Cumbria could be 'Northern hub for energy generation'

Politicians, unions and business leaders have been highlighting plans to develop the West Cumbrian coast as a centre for energy generation. The reception was held at the Labour party conference in Manchester, and was led by West Cumbrian MPs Sir Tony Cunningham and Jamie Reed.

The idea of creating an 'Energy Coast' is not new. There are already plans for three major nuclear projects in West Cumbria. Unions at Sellafield are calling for these to begin as soon as possible in order to preserve jobs in the nuclear industry.

The Manchester gathering was told up to 3,000 jobs could be created over 15 years once Energy Coast is fully up and running. While much of the talk is around nuclear power, the aim is to attract other developments such as wind and biomass, making West Cumbria a northern hub for energy generation.

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