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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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The polls closed at 10pm last night

Conservatives hold onto both seats in Higham Ferrers by-election

The Conservatives retained both seats up for grabs in the Higham Ferrers by-election.

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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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Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE

Higham Ferrers by-election taking place today

A by-election following the death of Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE is taking place today (Thursday).

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Members of the Cluck Off campaign group with Cllr Helen Harrison and MPs Tom Pursglove and Peter Bone

Support from MPs for Cluck Off group fighting plans for Rushden ‘chicken factory’

Two MPs are strongly backing the fight against plans to build a poultry farm with the capacity for up to 540,000 birds in Rushden.

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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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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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Desborough Town Council elections likely to be held in April or May

Elections to fill 10 vacancies on Desborough Town Council may be held in April or May.

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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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Just two councillors remain on Desborough Town Council

Labour Party sets out plan for Desborough Town Council

The Labour Party says the 10 seats left vacant on Desborough Town Council should be filled at the earliest opportunity.

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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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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

BREAKING NEWS: County MPs 'have no faith in leadership of Northamptonshire County Council' and want Government to take over

All seven of Northamptonshire's Conservative MPs released a statement on Sunday night saying they had no faith in Tory administration of the county council.
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Jeremy Corbyn told a Labour conference that Northamptonshire County Council was "effectively bankrupt".

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Northamptonshire County Council is effectively bankrupt'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has labelled Northamptonshire County Council "effectively bankrupt" in a speech today.

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