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Former Ministry of Defence director of news James Clark has suggested that the Liam Fox affair could lead the department to be viewed as 'ineffective'.

Clark is now a director at Cardew Group. He said: 'Civil servants should have stopped this, or drawn a line in the sand and invited the secretary of state to ignore their advice and walk over it.' His comments were reported this week on

Tower Hamlets Conservative opposition leader Peter Golds has written to district auditor Jon Hayes saying that he is 'surprised' that Hayes has thrown out a complaint against the council's East End Life. 'Scrutiny may have been "in accordance with democratic machinery" but was not in the spirit of any democratic discussion,' he wrote on 12 October.

Preston City Council is seeking a PR agency to promote next year's Preston Guild event. The year-long festival is Europe's only surviving Guild celebration and takes place every 20 years. The council wants to appoint an agency in November.

Improve (Food and Drink Skills Council), working with the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Food and Drink Federation, has instructed digital agency Glow Labs to develop a social media campaign to inspire young people to consider food and drink industry careers.

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