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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 10 February

Rooney’s get-out clause and Vera Duckworth back from the dead

Published on February 10th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 10 February

WAYNE ROONEY HAD A £300K GET-OUT CLAUSE with his former management team, Proactive, Manchester Mercantile Court has heard. The clause meant the footballer was to pay £300,000 if he broke the terms shortly after his signature when he was a 17-year-old, and would depreciate £37,500 each year, his QC said. Wayne and his wife, Coleen, are both being sued for £4.3m for loss of earnings by Proactive.

VERA DUCKWORTH’S ROBOCALLS FOR LABOUR BROKE PRIVACY RULES as they did not gain the consent of those receiving them, an information watchdog has ruled. In 2007 Labour were told not to use a recorded message by ex-Corrie’s Liz Dawn, but then received further complaints after the automated calls were made again. The commissioner’s office said Labour had breached privacy and electronic communication regulations and has given the party 28-days to appeal, failure to do so could lead to prosecution.

POLICE LAUNCH FACEBOOK PROTEST AGAINST WEARING ID TAGS, in an effort to prevent revealing their identities to people they lock up. More than 350 people, many thought to be GMP officers, have joined a Facebook group opposing a plan by Chief Constable Peter Fahy to introduce name badges, which they say will put them at risk.

TOWN HALL BOSSES TO SPEND £6.6M ON IMPROVING ‘CUSTOMER SERVICE’, after a survey of 9,000 taxpayers revealed they were frustrated and dissatisfied with current levels of service. A large portion of the money will be spent on installing new computer systems that will streamline the service residents receive.

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