Conservative Party local government reform plans announced

Eric PicklesBroadly, the Conservative Party are proposing a greater degree of operational co-operation with neighbouring councils in order to earn the right to retain more of their Council Tax revenues.

In speaking to the proposals, Eric Pickles is clear that this would not involve any changes to political structures, or any reductions in the number of local councillors.

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Slugger welcomes David Cameron to Northern Ireland

UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron

UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron

UK Conservative Party leader David Cameron is visiting Northern Ireland this weekend to speak at an Ulster Unionist Party conference. Slugger O’Toole has been crowdsourcing questions for him, and he’s agreed to answer them.

The site’s managers are also encouraging Twitterers to post to a widget on the site.

The widget can be seen on the left hand side of the Slugger site, or in full here.