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Cheshire East is true Blue when it comes to local and national government and the Macclesfield Express covers local politics with depth and knowledge.

Motion of no confidence against council leader fails

Tables turned as Coun Michael Jones instead sees motion in support of him passed by councillors

Rock guitarist to appear in TV show tonight

Adam Gibbon and bandmates from Hex will feature in BBC2's Into the Commons at 9pm

Council leader to face motion of no confidence at meeting

The motion has been put forward by the borough’s Labour Group following a series of controveries

Cash boost puts wind in sails of brass band

Macclesfield Youth Brass Band has secured £2k funding for health project

Criticism as council leader up for award

Coun Jones has been shortlisted for the ‘Leader of the Year’ prize in the 2015 Councillor Achievement Awards.

Residents billed £33 for new council

Macclesfield Parish Council will be responsible for allotments, public toilets, town centre management, street furniture, Christmas lights, floral displays, Weston Community Centre and CCTV cameras.

Charity's plea to community as volunteers wait for a decision over future funding

The Parachute drop-in centre in Macclesfield is asking people to get involved in 'Fundraising February'.

Campaigners step up efforts to save respite care in Macclesfield

The group fighting to keep Hollins View care home open are contacting politicians and councillors to boost the campaign.

Residents rejoice at launch for new community facilities

They had waited more than 18 months to be able to use the amenities at Jasmine Park.

Information watchdog staff in Wilmslow go out on strike over pay

Information Commissioner's Office workers went on strike yesterday after lodging a complaint with their own employer for failing to answer questions over pay.

Anger after bosses announce Crown Post Office will close

The dedicated branch on Castle Street will shut in March with services moved to new counters at WHSmith on Mill Street.

Support for hospital after targets failure

MP David Rutley and Express readers have praised Macclesfield Hospital after it failed to hit A&E waiting time targets.

Leader refuses to quit over 'Tweetgate' scandal

Cheshire East leader Michael Jones said he will not resign after it was revealed council staff had written political tweets on his behalf.

Council leader won't resign over 'Tweetgate'

Cheshire East leader Michael Jones has said he won't resign after council staff wrote political tweets on his behalf.

Outrage at claims Lyme Green scandal cost £3m

Cheshire East’s Labour group say the total amount spent on the botched bid to build a waste transfer station in Macclesfield and its aftermath is now nearing £3million.

Twitter ban after council staff send out tweets for leader

Cheshire East staff have been banned from writing councillors’ tweets after leader Michael Jones asked staff to tweet for him.

UKIP to decide General Election candidate

The candidate will go up against Joan Plimmer (Green), Tim Roca (Labour) and current Macclesfield MP David Rutley (Conservative).

MP makes friends at charity for the elderly

Mr Rutley was invited along to meet the Macclesfield branch of Contact the Elderly

Fears over jobs in Post Office move

A consultation over whether to shut the Macclesfield Crown branch on Castle Street and move services to the WHSmith on Mill Street is ongoing.

Tree Festival raises thousands for hospice

The annual Christmas Tree Festival by Macclesfield and Bollington United Reformed Church,encourages businesses and organisations to donate and decorate trees to reflect their identity.

Government gives green light to build hundreds of new homes in Green Belt

The Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP has decided not to hold a public enquiry into the huge housing development in near Poynton.

Fight for town centre post office

Proposals have been unveiled to shut the town Crown branch on Castle Street and instead move services to the WHSmith Shop on Mill Street.

Campaigners herald victory as respite service secured for another year

Campaigners have heralded the council’s shock decision to continue to provide respite at Hollins View.

Express’s battle earns praise

Last week we pledged to continue to battle on in pursuit of the truth despite a judge throwing out our bid to get a key report published in full.

Campaigners against Lyme Green claim victory

Appeal for full report thrown out

It is three years since building work started at Lyme Green leading to a scandal that cost the taxpayer more than £1m. And today the public is still no closer to knowing the full truth as to what went wrong.

Action group takes charge of community facilities

The Broken Cross Sports and Community Group will run the pavilion, football pitches, car park and access road at Jasmine Park.

Campaigners hit back in Hollins View row

Campaigners urging Cheshire East Council to keep Hollins View care home open have hit back at a senior council member who accused them of causing anxiety in the town.

Action group to run community facilities

The Broken Cross Sports and Community Group is made up of residents and a Cheshire East Council member and will run the pavilion, football pitches, car park and access road at Jasmine Park.

Campaigners fight for more answers on future of home

Campaigners have hit back at a senior council member who accused them of causing anxiety in the town.

Independent candidate wins Wilmslow Town Council by-election

David Jefferay became the second non-Conservative councillor after winning the Wilmslow East seat.

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