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Councillor Lesley Smetham (front, left) at Gawsworth Village Hall before a "Save Our Parishes" leaflet drop in the area.

THIS is an opinion piece published to Congleton Nub News by Lesley Smetham of Cheshire East Council, former chairman of Gawsworth Parish Council and former Cheshire East Mayor.

The ratepayers of Cheshire East, including many in the Congleton area, have until the end of this week to join the fight to stop what has been described as a "land grab" by Macclesfield Town Council.

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A big thank you to former England cricketer Monty Panesar for writing this article for Nub News! Monty has explained why he thinks the Olympics shouldn't be called off. Read his thoughts below:

Japan will be hoping to use the Tokyo Olympic Games to project the image of innovation and their power in Asia. Now, the questions about the sporting integrity of the Olympics keep growing as athletes arrive in Tokyo, test positive, and have to pull out. The host city is in a state of emergency. Fans are barred from most venues and athletes must follow a strict protocol.

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Congleton Pride has highlighted a mismatch between the tolerance expressed by many people in Congleton towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and other non-confirming genders/sexualities (LGBTQ+ for short), and the actual experience of LGBTQ+ people who live here.

The charity ran two online surveys. The first one asked the general public questions about LGBTQ+ people to determine the level of prejudice and understanding.

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