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The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

`Blue-rinse coven' brings down the ex-minister with `a tabloid past'

DIANE COLLINS, the mother of the Tory party vice-chairman Tim Collins, was named yesterday as the leader of a Conservative women's "coven" that wreaked its brutal revenge on Steven Norris.

Letter: Opera turn-off

Sir: As the nation's money has made possible our magnificent new Opera House at Covent Garden, one could be excused from thinking that those who constructed the operatic first half of the opening evening, to be shown on TV, were at best out of touch or at worst arrogant.

Ruling by Cherie Booth is overturned

A RULING by Cherie Booth QC that a weightlifter was not entitled to damages for injuries he suffered in an accident in a public gym was overturned by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Letter: Worth a ban

Sir: If Chelsea choose to treat the Worthington Cup, their own supporters and the opposition with contempt, they deserve to be punished.The tournament itself is reaching travesty proportions and teams not treating it seriously should be fined or banned.

Labour Party Conference: Fringe meeting - Essex man Straw makes a plea for value of Englishness

A STRENGTHENED English identity will help to fight off the threat of Britain breaking up after devolution, Jack Straw said last night.

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Letter: Street wisdom

Sir: Dr Paul Docherty (letter, 13 September) has got it wrong: the streets would be perfectly safe for children to "walk, cycle or play in" if the parents who choke them with traffic while ferrying their offspring everywhere by car stopped doing so.

Cricket: Hick's second wind blows Essex away

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Labour tells its MPs: write essay to save job

MPs MAY have scoffed at government plans for peers to justify their existence in 75 words, but yesterday it was revealed that they are also to be given a challenge - to save their own jobs in two A4 pages.

Sports Letter: Dons Wronged

Sir: J Saunders (Letters, 10 Aug) chooses to remember Wimbledon as "a cynical team who muscled their way to the top". Harry Bassett's long ball tactics brought the Dons record amounts of goals and three promotions in four years, and Wimbledon played the beautiful game under Ray Harford and still finished in the top 10. They were crticised by Joe Kinnear for playing "too much football."

Gifted girl, 16, fell to her death on test day

A HIGHLY gifted but "disturbed" teenager jumped to her death from the top of a multi-storey car park on the day she was due to begin her GCSE examinations, an inquest was told yesterday.

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Cricket: Mullally adds to Essex gloom

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Letter: Courtesy is catching

Sir: Perhaps bus travellers are kinder than those on trains. Or maybe passengers on buses up Essex Road, Islington, are unusually considerate.

Letter: Every two hours

I WAS amused by Jonathan Margolis's remarks on "stupid staff" ("Make-'em-jump Jack saved my holiday", 25 July). The other day I rang the National Rail inquiries number to ask the Sunday-afternoon departure times of London-bound trains on a nearby branch line. "The trains run every two hours, at 16 minutes past the hour." "Fine," I said, "but can you tell me which two hours?" "Every two hours."
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