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Summit to discuss bid to scrap councils
Local Democracy Reporter
Leaders of all seven district and borough councils in Nottinghamshire are to meet to discuss plans which could see their authorities scrapped.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Conservative leader of the county council, has said she wants to "get on with" a plan to abolish all seven councils.
It is understood that she has not been invited to the meeting at Bassetlaw District Council on 9 July but has been made aware of it.
Councillor Simon Greaves, leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: "What we've got now is the leader of the county council trying to create a mega-council for Notts in order to bail out the county's finances.
"This would undermine local democracy, with decisions on growth, planning and housing taken remotely from the communities that we serve."
Councillor Cutts declined to comment on the meeting, but previously said she thinks there could be a host of benefits from abolishing some of the councils, including cost savings and efficiencies of scale.
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Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire is a hold for Labour. The new council is Labour with 33 seats, Conservatives on 12, Independents 3
Labour in UKIP warningstandard
Bassetlaw Labour MP John Mann has warned the Labour leadership to take the UKIP "threat" more seriously.
"Ignoring UKIP has been disastrous. We should have been taking the battle to UKIP," he told the BBC's David Dimbleby.
"It is the fault of the people at the top of the Labour party," he said, adding that leader Ed Miliband is one of the culprits.