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July 14, 2007
Care for your area!

Presented Stockton on Tees annual care for your area awards today in Yarm. It was unusual to do something like this in the daytime as usually any awards I am involved in presenting are at nighttime, when people have had a few drinks, so I decided I needed to put some quotes into my script to break things up.
 

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July 13, 2007
Top of the political agenda!

Travelled to London today to speak at the Defend Council Housing event at the TUC. All the major news channels had picked up on the event in their morning bulletins and this reinforced my view about it being an agenda whose time had come.
 

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July 12, 2007
First Hat Trick under Sven at City!

It was our National climate change conference today at the City of Manchester Stadium and with 120 people present it was a respectable attendance for Man City. I had been primed by colleagues on the red half of Manchester to crack a number of jokes from the Chair of the event.
 

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July 6, 2007
Last Bus to Birmingham!

At the LGA this week and once again interesting times with a new ministerial team in the DCLG. Hazel Blears spoke well on her debut and I must admit I found her more believable live than I have when seeing her on television. John Healy also did a slot and Hilary Benn spoke as the new Environment Minister.
 

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July 1, 2007
ace in our time! So long as the public sector pay for it!

Attend a meeting today with Constructing Excellence which I think we all find a bit embarrassing, although we make the most of it and agree to put out some best practice material. Sorry for being so cryptic but I need to watch what I am saying.
 

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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

           

 

          

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