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The procedure which made West Ham the first choice to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games was not compromised, an independent investigation has ruled.

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Teachers threaten 'Action Zones'

UNION LEADERS last night issued an 11th-hour threat to derail central elements of the Government's flagship Education Action Zone initiative.

Action zone schools to open in evenings and at weekends

PROPOSALS that could radically reshape the way children are taught are contained in plans for education action zones.

Ministers act to cut school exclusions

MINISTERS yesterday pro-mised to stop schools excluding too many pupils as they produced a new report showing big variations in exclusion rates.

Law Report: Authority could not claim absolute privilege

S v London Borough of Newham; Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, Lady Justice Butler-Sloss and Lord Justice Chadwick) 24 February 1998

Fertility: How clinics rate in births league

One test-tube baby clinic had a zero success rate last year. In another, almost 30 per cent of treatments resulted in a live birth. Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor, examines the reasons for the gulf between the best and the worst.

Woman's Football: Coultard plays girls' guide

Andrew Baker fears the women of England will need to raise their standard

The EastEnder's electronic friend

A council in Newham, east London, has set up multimedia kiosks to help residents find out about services. Milly Jenkins reports

Bedrooms on the hard shoulder of a motorway: welcome to the homes from hell

Families take historic stand against council for withdrawing protection against noise pollution

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Yard launches inquiry after unauthorised publication of 'intimidating' photographs

Criticised councils turn over a new leaf

Councils criticised for their poor record in providing services have improved remarkably over the past year, according to the Audit Commission's annual local-authority performance indicators.

Thames to stay a working river

The dwindling number of working Thames wharves in London were yesterday protected from development by Government, in an attempt to keep the river functioning as a transport artery and stop them all being turned into office blocks and flats.

Labour cattiness greeted by chorus of jeers

Seven "vindictive" Labour MPs who called on Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the multi-millionaire composer, to fulfil his so-called promise to quit Britain if Labour wins the general election, came under fire from Conservatives last night.

Family in need wins case

A local authority has announced that its social services department is to "review its procedures" after dramatically settling a landmark High Court action brought against it by a "family in need".
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