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On a forgotten field, Jeffers finds hope

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Sports Letter: Union flag of convenience

Sir: I know that you have conducted a reasonable debate regarding the national anthem in the Sports Letters column, but allow me one, final, observation.

Thursday Law Report: Council's accommodation policy was unlawful

2 December 1999 Regina v Newham London Borough Council, ex parte Sacupima and others Queen's Bench Division, Crown Office List (Dyson J) 26 November 1999

Seaside exile for homeless `unlawful'

HOMELESS FAMILIES won a High Court test case yesterday overturning an inner-city council's policy of requiring them to live in seaside guesthouses miles from friends, relatives, schools and jobs.

Property Hot Spot Silvertown and North Woolwich, London: Eastern promise

Many properties are still going for a song in the old, ungentrified East End. But with Docklands' yuppies for its nearest neighbours, can this last? Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Obituary: Lord Oram

FOR ANY government, much of what is seen in retrospect as solid achievement of that government is brought about by painstaking, sensible, balanced ministers who either as ministers of state or parliamentary under- secretaries are allowed to serve four or five years consecutively in the same department with the same responsibilities. They have sufficient time, untouched by political musical chairs, actually to achieve something worthwhile. They do not get headlines. Much of their work is unsung. And they tend not to be remembered, other than by those in specialist organisations who may have benefited from their hard work.

Officer sacked after he made race protest

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality is backing the case of a white policeman who was offended by racist material said to have been shown to him by a senior colleague.

Big improvement in tests for 11-year-olds

RESULTS IN this year's English and maths tests for 11-year-olds have improved dramatically and given a huge boost to the Government's standards campaign, The Independent can reveal.

So you want to play the regeneration game?

The prospect of developing 1,200 acres of east London - Europe's largest brownfield site - has really whet architects' appetites.

Poetry in motion

Benjamin Zephaniah is fed up with people labelling him. That's understandable, since he's a 40-year-old Jamaican-Brummie-London dyslexic rasta burglar jailbird turned dub-reggae poet activist. But what if the label was Poet Laureate?

The City looks east for expansion

Demand for office space is triggering a development boom

Business rescues the boys who fail

Even no-hopers have a chance of success under new public-private partnerships. Robert Nurden reports

Failing school drops the national curriculum

AN UNDERACHIEVING East End comprehensive is to become the first school in Britain to abandon the national curriculum in favour of mixed- age "learn-as-you-go" classes, in a radical move designed to combat low exam results.
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