The Leicester Mercury report:

Leicester City Council has spent £6,000 hiring celebrities to appear at events, it has emerged.

The authority has revealed a list of public figures it has paid over the past three years to host, compere or perform at its functions.

They include children’s television presenter Floella Benjamin and ex-Hollyoaks actor Jeremy Edwards.

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