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IT appears round one between Liverpool City Council and the Government has gone to the authority''s Labour leader, Joe "bruiser" Anderson, below.

He put the city firmly in the spotlight after pulling out as one of the Government's four Big Society pilot zones, claiming the severity of Government cuts undermined the authority's ability to support voluntary and charity organisations at the heart of delivering Prime Minister David Cameron's model of Big Society.

Seeing as Liverpool was chosen to launch the strategy, hosting Cameron and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government -and no political lightweight - Eric Pickles, Cllr Anderson''s move was guaranteed high profile national media coverage. The slap in the face resulted in a piqued response from the Prime Minister, stoking the row, claiming Liverpool''s cuts were "politically motivated".

However, peace appears to have broken out after recent talks between Cllr Anderson and the Government in London when Eric Pickles made an unscheduled half hour visit for a face-to-face with his Liverpool nemesis.

After a "robust" 20-minute exchange, Mr Pickles came as close as a politician could to admitting he had come off second best, offering: "Joe, my old mate, it's very good to see a master craftsman at work".

* IF SHOUTING the loudest gets results then the team at Southport Conferences are assured success.

The team, whose job it is to drum up conference business, took part in a loudest shout Guinness World Record attempt along with around 750 other exhibitors at a UK trade show. Although, the world record was not beaten, Southport was rated the loudest destination in the North measuring 117.8 decibels.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2011
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