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Councillors could be given parental leave

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Parental leave could be offered to Rugby borough councillors, in a move to encourage more people to stand for election.

A motion put forward by Labour councillor Claire Edwards noted that in the summer of 2017 only 4% of councils in England and Wales had parental leave policies.

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Councillors voted in favour of reviewing the need for a parental leave policy.

But the Conservative leader of the council, Michael Stokes said it was "a difficult decision to be giving members benefits because being an elected member is a choice and for me and many members on both sides of the chamber, it’s a privilege and an honour."

The role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to start a family to remain as councillors"

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Rugby: Two seat loss would mean Tories not in control

Simon Gilbert

Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The Tories losing just two seats in Rugby would mean they were no longer in overall control - but they would still be the biggest party.

The Labour Party is the official opposition, with nine seats. But the Liberal Democrats have eight seats, and it would not take too much to change for them to become the second biggest party.

Another interesting element is that the two independent seats in Rugby are also up for grabs, and both sitting councillors have chosen not to defend them.

That means the wards Hillmorton; and Wolston and the Lawfords will definitely change hands by the end of the election count.