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242 jobs axed as more Zavvi shops close

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Hundreds set to lose money in Empire Direct collapse

Hundreds of consumers are likely to be left out of pocket because of the collapse of electrical goods retailer Empire Direct, it was revealed today.

The Top 50 Independent Schools at A-level*

*The school point score is devised through a new system introduced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Government’s exams watchdog. Under it, equal weight is given for a general and vocational A-level with 270 points awarded for an A-grade pass, 240 for a B, 210 for a C, 180 for a D, 150 for an E. The International Baccalaureate is also recognised with 1,380 points for a maximum diploma score of 45.

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Leo Abse: Labour MP whose parliamentary Bills helped liberalise British society

Leo Abse's parliamentary causes, not one of which was ephemeral and most of which lasted for the three decades of his constant activity in and out of Parliament as Labour MP first for Pontypool and then for Torfaen, had one thing in common – Abse knew one heck of a lot about his subjects.

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