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Lib Dem stalwart defects to Tories

Ainsley Arnold was a chief member of the party for 15 years on both Macclesfield Borough Council and Cheshire East Council.But after becoming increasingly unhappy at the party's policies he has quit to join the Conservatives.

Fears over who will control CCTV cameras in town

Macclesfield’s public-funded security cameras are currently being scrutinised as part of a council review of all CCTV across Cheshire East.

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Vic Barlow: This is your council, chosen by you to represent your views

Vic Barlow says that he's never experienced a period quite like this in local politics in two decades

Time to put up or shut up

The Italian public have expressed their anger with the establishment by voting for Beppe Grillo, a comedian who has waged a decade long internet campaign berating the self-serving interest of main stream politicians.

Listen up! Here’s my advice to our incoming leaders

Over the past few months our council has two new people at the top – Coun Michael Jones, our new leader, and Kim Ryley our new chief executive, who tells us he’s not yet got to grips with Cheshire East but will be spending every Friday in his town hall office honing his knowledge.

Gorgeous George Galloway sent out a reminder all about Respect

Almost everywhere I go people stop me to express their anger at Cheshire East’s profligacy with taxpayers’ money while cutting services and laying off staff.

Councillor case is adjourned

The case against a Macclesfield councillor accused of harassing his neighbours has again been adjourned. Brendan Murphy, Cheshire East councillor for Tytherington, is charged with pursuing a course of conduct which amounted to the harassment of Margaret and Christopher Boyd between November 2010 and July 2011.

Pinsent Masons' July deals top £500m

Corporate lawyers at the Manchester office of Pinsent Masons are toasting a July deals bonanza, advising on transactions valued at more than £500m.

Councillor Brendan Murphy is charged with harassment

A Macclesfield councillor has appeared in court where he denied charges of harassment and resisting arrest.

Candidates named for Cheshire East by-election

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday in a by-election in Cheshire East. The poll in the Crewe South ward of the council had to be cancelled during May's local elections after the death of Liberal Democrat candidate Betty Howell.

Council leader Wesley Fitzgerald's pledge to stay on

The leader of Cheshire East Council has vowed to stay on for the next four years – despite a leaked email suggesting he might step down after a year.

Live- Cheshire East Council meeting

Cheshire East Council meets for the first time since the local elections on Wednesday morning. We'll have live coverage here ...

Vote 2011: Conservatives keep grip on Cheshire East, Lib Dems suffer losses

The Conservatives still rule the corridors of power, but the 2011 council elections also threw up their fair share of shocks.

Parish Council elections - candidate profiles

Profiles of candidates standing in the 2011 Parish Council elections ...

Local Elections 2011 - Candidate profiles

We're publishing profiles of candidates standing in each ward at the Cheshire East council elections on May 5, as and when we receive them.

Candidate profiles - Tytherington

Candidate profiles - Tytherington

Parish councils will go ahead – despite low voting turnout

Parish councils will be formed in Wilmslow, Handforth and Styal, after councillors voted to go ahead with their plan.

Does this ring bells with you?

My thanks to the reader who sent me this article from the Yorkshire Post ...

Tory ‘stitch up’ claim over ward changes

Cheshire East Council has been accused of ‘a stitch-up’ after rejecting proposed Boundary Commission changes.

Gloves are off as latest candidate enters fray

FORMER Tytherington councillor Brendan Murphy has confirmed he will stand as an independent candidate at the next general election.

If you can't beat them...join them

THE FORMER leader of Macclesfield Liberal Democrats has rocked the town's political world by switching to the Conservative Party.

If you can't beat Tories, join 'em

THE FORMER leader of Macclesfield Liberal Democrats has rocked the town's political world by switching to the Conservative Party.

Fighting spirit too late

EVERY year hundreds of topics are discussed in the council chamber.

Fight for village urges councillor

COMMUNITY leaders fear Handforth could be stripped of its identity under new Boundary Commission proposals.

We've lost faith in our democracy

COUNCILLOR Jane Palmer is a nice lady. She’s given 18 years’ loyal service to the borough and deserves some relaxation in her retirement, but she’s perplexed. Perplexed by our lack of enthusiasm at local elections compared to the US, where voters recently stood in line for up to four hours to cast their vote.

Brown's ideas are borne of the fear and cynicism of politics

HAVE you noticed how politicians under pressure always produce excellent ideas? Sadly, it’s only when their position is under threat they feel the need to give the public what they want.

Threat of more school closures

EVEN more schools than originally thought may have to be axed to keep pace with falling student rolls, a shocking new report has revealed.

Shadow elections were a bit dull

SO, DID you cast your vote at the local elections? It was a mite confusing don’t you think? Initially I thought I was voting to elect ONE councillor; then I understood I could vote for THREE but if I voted for TWO it might negate my ballot paper but it didn’t, so I could. It was all a bit bizarre.

Jack's the champ

FORGET the local elections, the only ballot worth its salt last week was the ultimate in animal competition, better than Crufts, more electrifying than the Grand National it’s the one, the only...Pet Idol.

Chance to make real difference

WITH local elections little more than a week away, it’s important to have your say. Do not be confused; this is the simplest local election ever. There is no Cheshire County Council, no Macclesfield Borough Council, just the one East Cheshire Unitary Authority.

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