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Local police stations face the axe

Labour politicians are rushing to get local police stations closed, even before consultation on their future has been completed. The Greater London Assembly is seeking views on whether Rotherhithe, Streatham, East Dulwich, Cavendish Road (Clapham) and Camberwell police stations should go. But Lambeth and Southwark's Labour London Assembly Member has already backed closure - before her own constituents got a chance to have a say.

Labour's 14% a year Council Tax hikes

Southwark Council Taxpayers have faced an average 14% a year tax rise from Labour Members of the Greater London Authority. Working with Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone, Labour's Assembly Members have backed big rises in the "GLA Precept" charged on Council Tax bills. Rises have been much bigger than inflation and have ranged as high as 29% in one year.

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