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Labour Party take Hammersmith & Fulham in council elections

The Labour Party made a major gain in London, taking Hammersmith and Fulham council from the Conservatives.

Eleven Conservative seats in the Tory stronghold went to Labour which now have 26 to the Tory's 20.

The borough which is sometimes described as David Cameron's favourite, has been under Conservative control since 2002.

Elsewhere, the Conservatives have held onto Wandsworth Council with Labour gaining 6 seats.

Council boss' massive pay packet

Wandsworth council chief executive Paul Martin

Wandsworth Council's boss has reportedly secured a pay rise that will see him earn nearly £90,000 pounds more than the Prime Minister's £142,500 salary. According to the local authority's annual report, council Chief Executive Paul Martin has been handed a £20,000 pay rise, year on year.

Mr Martin's pay and bonuses will top £230,000. Pension contributions will push up his total pay package to £274,000. The council says pay is tied to performance levels and success in meeting targets.


Lollipop men axed by council

Library photo. Credit: Ben Birchill, PA

Wandsworth Council has decided to axe all of its school crossing patrols, in a bid to save £200,000 a year.

The Tory-controlled council says that virtually all young children are now taken to school by their parents and that older children "cross roads that do not have patrollers perfectly safely every day".

A spokesman added that they were talking to schools about how they could best provide the service if they wished to keep it.

They said: "At a time when statutory town hall services are facing severe budget constraints, it is only fair that schools which benefit from this service are asked if they are prepared to pay for it.

"The council recognises its wider road safety responsibilities and has an excellent record in delivering safety improvements to the borough's road network."

Paul Maloney, national officer of the GMB, branded the move "a disgrace".

He said: "David Cameron said frontline services would not be cut but there are few more frontline than lollipop staff stopping children being knocked down on the roads.

"Tory Wandsworth is always first with cuts like this as the Tories there have not changed from being the nasty party."