About LocalGov

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Welcome to LocalGov, the UK's largest dedicated local government news website. Our team of specialist reporters update our website every day with breaking news and analysis, providing the sector with the latest developments and stories. Our free daily e-bulletin also reaches over 25,000 local government professionals every day.

LocalGov is published by Hemming Information Services, whose public sector portfolio includes The MJ, Local Government News, the Municipal Year Book, Transport Network and Surveyor.


Meet our Journalists

Laura Sharman Editor, LocalGov and Local Government News

Laura Sharman
Editor, LocalGov and Local Government News
l.Sharman@hgluk.com
+44 (0) 20 7973 4644
@localgoveditors

Laura Sharman

Laura has been specialising in local government journalism for over ten years, joining the team back in 2003 as an editorial assistant. She took on the role of LocalGov editor at the start of 2012, and has overseen the re-design of the website and the launch of our free daily news bulletin.

Laura also regularly contributes to themj.co.uk and transport-network.co.uk, and has a special interest in digital media.

Stories by Laura

Thomas Bridge Deputy Editor, Local Government News

William Eichler
Editorial Assistant, LocalGov
w.eichler@hgluk.com
07805 747043

William Eichler

William spends his days writing news pieces for www.localgov.co.uk, hunting down feature ideas, and wandering around conferences asking annoying questions and eating the free food.

Before joining LocalGov, he wrote and edited for the ezine openDemocracy and reviewed for the LSE Review of Books blog. He also contributed to Stamford Living magazine.

In his spare time, he reads and write about, attempt to understand, ponder, get confused over anything and everything relating to the Middle East. He also enjoys cooking kebabs. A lot.

Stories by William

Heather Jameson Editor, The MJ

Heather Jameson
Editor, The MJ
hr.jameson@hgluk.com
+44 (0) 20 7973 4691
@HeatheratTheMJ

Heather Jameson

Heather has worked in local government journalism since 1997. She joined The MJ in 1999, originally as news editor before becoming deputy editor in 2002, and editor in 2011. She was part of the team which successfully re-launched the magazine in 2000, and has helped build on its success ever since.

Previous to working in public sector journalism, Heather worked for building trades magazines and in alternative health journalism.

She has one son, Louis.

Stories by Heather

Michael Burton Editorial Director, Hemming Local Government

Michael Burton
Editorial Director, Hemming Local Government
m.burton@hgluk.com
+44 (0) 20 7973 4623
@MJMikeBurton

Michael Burton

Michael Burton has been writing and commenting on local government and the public sector for over 25 years as editor and since 2011 editorial director of The MJ plus its portfolio of associated local government titles including themj.co.uk, LocalGov and Surveyor.

He is the author of The Politics of Public Sector Reform from Thatcher to the Coalition (Palgrave Macmillan. June 2013).

Stories by Michael

Dan Peters Chief Reporter, The MJ

Dan Peters
Chief Reporter, The MJ
d.peters@hgluk.com
+44 (0) 20 7973 4643
@DanatTheMJ

Dan Peters

Dan Peters is chief reporter of The MJ. He was a reporter and news editor on a local paper for seven years before joining in July 2013. Dan gets a buzz from breaking exclusives, visiting the House of Commons and dipping chips into McDonald's vanilla milkshake.

Stories by Dan

Dominic Brown Content Editor, Transport Network

Dominic Browne
Content Editor, Transport Network
d.browne@hgluk.com
+44 (0) 20 7973 4679
@transport_net

Dominic Browne

Dominic has been specialising in local government journalism for almost three years. He joined Hemming as a reporter working across The MJ and Surveyor in 2011 and moved on to become the content editor of Surveyor and its new website Transport-network.co.uk.

 

He has a background in political blogging and creative writing and has also worked in the theatre and music industries. His passions include Russian literature, long running TV shows and full-size sausage rolls.

Stories by Dom
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Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

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