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Daily Mail catches up with Guardian story on Andrea Hill

The Daily Mail has caught up with the story about Andrea Hiill, the £218,000 a year chief executive of Suffolk County Council, taking two trips to the United States with BT. The council and BT are in a joint venture called Customer Service Direct which is costing more than originally envisaged.

A former senior council official has complained he was prevented from taking a firm line with BT over the contract.

The Mail story is more or less a re-run of a story in the Guardian in December which claimed a £100 million overspend on the contract.

Today the Ipswich Spy blog calls on Ms Hill to resign.

When the chief executive rather than the policies and politicians become the story, it is certainly a dangerous time for the council.

Kathy Pollard, the council’s Lib Dem leader, asks on her blog: “Is Suffolk becoming a totalitarian council?” She concludes: “It is no wonder that many people are now calling for Andrea Hill to resign.”

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