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Council and owners of shut-down Northampton pub reach out-of-court settlement over covenant

A long-running battle between Rectory Farm residents and the pub company who sold off their local watering hole looks to have come to an end with the offer of a council payout.
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Toby Birch and Wendy Andrews pictured outside County Hall. (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds).

COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET: 'We have an elite few, and a mass of people who are fighting for their lives'

Protesters gathered outside Northampton County Hall today to speak out about the council’s proposed cuts to regional services.
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Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Andrew Gwynne addressed campaigners on the steps of County Hall.

COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET: Shadow secretary tells Prime Minister to 'pull her finger' out for Northamptonshire

The Shadow communities secretary told protestors outside County Hall "the world will be watching" Sajid Javid and how he treats Northamptonshire.
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Protestors outside today's heated meeting at County Hall.

COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET: Crucial meeting could be a 'fire sale' warns Northampton parliamentary candidate

The delayed county council budget next week is going to be a "fire sale" due to the financial woes facing the authority, a Northampton parliamentary candidate has warned.
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The temporary head of regeneration at Northampton Borough Council earned 1.3k a day, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Northampton regeneration chief earned £1.3k A DAY during six-month stint

An opposition leader has slammed spending controls at Northampton Borough Council after it emerged a former regeneration chief earned more than £1,300 a day.
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County council leader Councillor Heather Smith at the opening of the One Angel Square building  - which the authority now hopes to sell.

Council's £40.9m Northampton headquarters pricetag among reasons for labeling its budget 'unlawful'

Opposition leaders say it comes as no surprise a budget-setting meeting dubbed the most important in Northamptonshire's history was postponed by auditors.
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Chris Heaton-Harris

Complaint against Northamptonshire MP for contacting universities about Brexit is dropped

The complaint brought against a Northamptonshire MP after claims he had used Parliament stationery for personal or political gain has been dropped.

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Mark McLaughlin issued a no-holds-barred assessment of Northamptonshire County Council's budget

Emergency cuts could be made to services if Northamptonshire County Council fails to sell HQ, finance chief warns

Extra and immediate cuts to County Hall's already severe budget plan would need to be made... if its One Angel Square headquarters is not sold come April.
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Cabinet members quiz director of finance over the section 114 issued earlier this month Mark McLaughlin

Cabinet members face calls to resign from members of the public at Northamptonshire County Council meeting

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet members were asked to step down by members of the public speakers at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
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One Angel Square

Broadcast of Northamptonshire County Council public meetings ends due to spending control measures

Northamptonshire County Council's public meetings will not be broadcast live while spending limits are in place at the authority.

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Trading standards will be able to catch out fewer shopkeepers, although the budget cuts will be less severe than announced last December

Changes to cuts of bus services, trading standards and libraries as Northamptonshire County Council amends plans

County Hall has this week amended some of its plans, published in December 2017, to raise funds and cut services.

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Sajid Javid's extra cash for Northamptonshire has been given a cool response.

Minister's £1.75 million top-up for Northamptonshire's vulnerable adults 'will have minimum impact', says county council

A Local Government Settlement meant to address the prospect of collapsing councils will barely help Northamptonshire, County Hall has said.

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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

OPINION: Why the leader of Northamptonshire County Council has to resign

Today, this newspaper and our sister papers across the county, are calling on the leader of Northamptonshire County Council to resign.

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Councillor Heather Smith, leader of Northamptonshire County Council

'Now is not the time for changes in leadership': under-pressure Northamptonshire County Council leader

The under-fire leader of Northamptonshire County Council said she will not resign after more than half of her Tory colleagues called for the Government to take over running the council.

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Half of the backbench members of Northamptonshire County Council's Conservative Group signed the statement

Backbenchers accuse own leaders at Northamptonshire County Council of hiding true state of awful finances

Half of the backbench members of Northamptonshire County Council's Conservative Group have signed a statement endorsing and supporting the county's seven MPs' view on the authority's leadership.
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Peter Bone MP addresses the House of Commons

Wellingborough MP calls for Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet to "go now"

Peter Bone has called for Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet to all "go now".

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Clockwise from left: Andrew Gwynne, Jeremy Corbyn, Chris Stanbra and Margot Parker

Who said what in wake of Northamptonshire County Council section 114 announcement?

A party leader, financial experts, a shadow secretary of state, county councillors and an MEP.
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Leader of the council Heather Smith says there are some "tough decisions" ahead.

BREAKING: Northamptonshire's libraries will stay open another year but communities must take over, says final budget plan

Northamptonshire's at-risk libraries look set to be handed over to communities in the next two years under county council cuts.
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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

Inspector's report 'only thing that counts not critical statement from MPs', says under-fire leader of Northamptonshire County Council

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has dismissed damning criticism from seven MPs as "nothing new" and says the inspection report is "the only thing that counts".
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