Dinnertime drama for councillors

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Councillors in Kirklees are at odds over who should pay for their dinner next month.

Mayor of Kirklees, Tory councillor Martyn Bolt (Mirfield), last year introduced a £25 charge for diners at the annual mayoral civic dinner to offset the costs. But incoming mayor Labour councillor Ken Smith (Ashbrow) plans to reinstate the free dinner.

The leader of Kirklees Conservatives Coun Robert Light (Birkenshaw) said: “As leader of the Conservative group I do not agree that councillors, or officers, and their guests should have an evening funded by the Kirklees Council taxpayers.


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