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City of York Council has seen a clash between political rivals over planned changes to its media arrangements. Labour leaders are recommending changes to allow cabinet members to be quoted in press releases on policy matters. However, the Liberal Democrats claim it would politicise council press officers.

South Tyneside Council has forced Twitter to hand over the details of users in a landmark legal ruling. The council was seeking to uncover the identity of a blogger who criticised officials and councillors, and went to the US courts to force Twitter to reveal the person behind the 'Mr Monkey' account.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley defended the NHS reform consultation exercise before GPs at the 2011 Commissioning Show at the Kensington Olympia conference centre in London. He claimed the break in the Bill was not a PR exercise and said GP commissioners must push ahead with the reforms.

CumbRia Tourism PR manager Ellis Butcher is to leave the organisation after seven years, to take a role at the Honister Slate Mine in Kendal. Cumbria's visitor economy makes a significant contribution to the broader local economy, providing 22,000 jobs and more than £1.1bn of expenditure annually.

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