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Marconi rescues Govan shipyard

AN OUTLINE deal to save the closure-listed Kvaerner Govan shipyard in Glasgow - and 1,200 jobs - was signed yesterday after a negotiating session lasting more than 24 hours.

Bitter and bruised, he feels betrayed by all the mutterings against him

JOHN PRESCOTT and Tony Blair agreed to kiss and make up yesterday, but fellow ministers believe that they will both bear "scars on their backs" after their rift in the past few days.

Blair hit by Govan job row

THE PRIME Minister was urged to intervene yesterday to prevent the loss of 1,200 jobs at Govan shipyard after Kvaerner, its Norwegian owners, turned down a takeover bid.

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Parliament: Scotland - Reid `not just go-between'

JOHN REID, the newly appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, insisted yesterday that his role would not be reduced to that of a "messenger boy" after the setting up of the Scottish Assembly.

Millbank to relax `control freak' policy

TONY BLAIR is to devolve more power to the Labour parties in Scotland and Wales in response to growing criticism of the "control freak tendency" at the party's Millbank headquarters in London.

Parliament: Scotland: Labour sacks Scots party chief

THE LABOUR Party in Scotland launched a month-long review of its structures yesterday after the dismissal of Alex Rowley, its general secretary.

Blair backs Brown's man in reshuffle

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Racing: Reid and Bradley injured

FAIRYHOUSE HAS always sounded a rather dilettante location for a race of dread which the British have never appropriated easily. So it was yet again in the Irish Grand National yesterday when the travellers were swept away as the home combatants fought out a compelling finish.

Hauliers threaten to snub forum

THE ROAD haulage industry yesterday threatened to walk out of a government forum set up to defuse the lorry drivers' crisis, claiming that hauliers were facing their "darkest hour" for a quarter of a century.

Drivers threaten to extend blockade

HUNDREDS OF lorry drivers are planning to extend a demonstration that brought traffic chaos to London yesterday after they were snubbed by the Government, which "refused to be held to ransom".

Bosses blamed for rail crash

THE GOVERNMENT told Railtrack yesterday not to "put profit before safety" after an investigation into an accident that injured four people uncovered a catalogue of failures.

Architectural Notes: Ham-fisted Gothic in Glasgow

SERIOUS COMMENTATORS on Glasgow's past architecture have been uniformly dismissive of James Adam's Barony Church. In the Glasgow volume of Buildings of Scotland it is described as "the ham-fisted Gothick Barony church built in 1703-1800 by John Robertson to designs by R. and J. Adam". However, the church was probably designed by Adam's nephew, John Robertson, who acted for him in certain Glasgow jobs. A poor press, early demolition and a paucity of published documentation have hitherto obscured rational observation.

Green light for Laing rail stake

JOHN LAING, the construction group, was yesterday given the green light to raise its stake in Chiltern Railways from 26 to 84 per cent.

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