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Teachers have suspended what would have been the first strike action against one of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s flagship free schools.

Purnell, 'the fridge magnet king', is in trouble back home

On the junction of Corporation Street and Market Street in Hyde, a small town eight miles east of Manchester, a steel statue is beginning to rust. It depicts a boy, with one hand grasping a broken chain from which he has freed himself, and with the other clutching an angel bearing the torch of freedom. A banner linking the two reads "Chartists of Hyde", referring to the liberation struggle of 1838-48.

Union Chapel to host Willkommen Collective's coming-out party

Willkommen Collective, a loose community of folk-centric young bands based in Brighton, launched a record label last year and next Friday, it's hosting a coming-out party at the Union Chapel in Islington, London.

Pandora: Intrigue over Labour's 'mystery musician'

And so, as inevitable as the lengthening evenings, we approach that special time of year – the highlight of the socialist social calendar – the Annual Labour Fundraising Dinner.

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Skinner makes 'Tory moles' comment before speech

Labour leftwinger Dennis Skinner sparked laughter in the Commons today with a barbed reference to the arrest of Tory immigration spokesman Damien Green.

Captain Fantastic claims world's longest name

A Glastonbury teenager is claiming to have the longest name in the world - Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.

'He was only visiting London to help mother'

Elliot Guy, the 27-year-old who died in the early hours of yesterday morning after he was stabbed in the neck at a north London party, was the father of a new-born baby who was visiting his mother to help her decorate her house.

Tears and fancy dress for another victim

Friends of the murdered teenager Ben Kinsella wore fancy dress to his funeral yesterday, as his sister renewed her pleas for an end to knife crime.

TV star calls for end to knife deaths

TV soap star Brooke Kinsella today paid an emotional tribute to her younger brother, the latest teen to be stabbed to death on London's streets.

Fertility laws drop need to consider role of father

Single women and lesbian couples will be able to seek fertility treatment without having to consider a father for their children under new laws approved by MPs last night.

Defeated over IVF 'need for father'

The Government tonight comfortably beat off a fresh challenge to its flagship Bill updating fertility laws for the first time in 20 years.

Arsenal managing director exits Emirates

Arsenal managing director Keith Edelman is leaving the club "in search of a fresh challenge", the club revealed to the Stock Exchange this morning.

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