Thursday, 27 January 2011 00:00
Local government minister Grant Shapps responds to the communities and local government committee's report on local authority publicity:
"Few things have done more to undermine local democracy than the explosion in town hall Pravda's bankrolled by hard pressed taxpayers.
"Similarly the murky practice of government lobbying government that has prospered in the last decade has had a corrosive effect on the public's trust in politicians.
"The age of wasting taxpayers cash on pet projects like local propaganda sheets or employing lobbyists to push a certain agenda is over."
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