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<b>Monday Sept 28:</b> Row over appointment of councillor's girlfriend, city library unearths McCartney essay and new social workers on way

Published on September 28th 2009.

A ROW has broken out after the girlfriend of a Lib Dem councillor was given a £30k post that was not advertised and for which no one else was interviewed.Laura Gilmore, girlfriend of Lib Dem Cllr Colin Eldridge, was given a six-month role in the executive members’ office through a recruitment agency/.

But Labour opposition councillors says it considers it would have been a “million-to-one coincidence” if Miss Gilmore – who has relocated from the South West – was not appointed on the recommendation or request of the Liberal Democrats.

AN ESSAY PENNED BY PAUL MCCARTNEY as a 10-year-old has been discovered after lying in Liverpool Central Library for more than 50 years. Schoolboy Paul beat hundreds of other school children to win a prize for his 1953 essay marking the the Coronation. Thought to be the earliest surviving written work of Paul, the essay will go on display in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

LIVERPOOL is creating 31 new jobs in social services to ease the case loads of staff who look after the city’s 870 children receiving care.

The £1.7m recruitment drive is the latest in a line of improvements to the sector following recommendations made after the death of Baby P.

TWO HOSPITAL WORKERS will face a disciplinary hearing after irregularities were found in the recording of waiting times. Bosses at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, launched an investigation in July after concerns were raised about A&E figures. The two workers were suspended without prejudice, pending a hearing in October.

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