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Rivals for the job of London Mayor clashed today over a planned strike by Tube workers amid fading hopes of averting the industrial action.

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Bill Brett was a large man in every sense. Tall, with a vibrant character and a reputation for forthrightness, he rose from being a railway clerk to lead the workers group at the International Labour Organisation, the UN body for employment standards, where he led the fight against the worst forms of child labour. Having spent years fighting for workers' rights, Brett, always an active member of the Labour Party, would go on to become a junior minister in Gordon Brown's Labour government, one of his responsibilities being to introduce the controversial identity card.

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The TUC looks set to appoint its first ever female general secretary after Brendan Barber announced that he is to retire from the role at the end of the year.

La Scala pays €6m more in taxes than it gets in public funding

La Scala chief's anger over lack of state funding for the arts

The artistic director of La Scala has warned that the celebrated opera house is "dangerously close" to privatisation, as public funding for the arts continues to dry up.

Tube maintenance workers to go on 72 hour strike

Workers who maintain and upgrade Tube lines on London Underground are to strike for 72 hours next week in a dispute over pensions and benefits.

Tube maintenance staff to go on strike, says RMT

Workers who maintain and upgrade Tube lines on London Underground have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pensions and benefits.

BBC journalists face strike ballot

Journalists and technicians working for the BBC in Wales are to be balloted for strikes in a row over the dismissal of a producer.

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It would be the greatest extension of executive power since Charles I dissolved Parliament

Protect your pension and retirement plans from Osborne's tax grab

Careful planning can help alleviate the Chancellor's decision to freeze and then abolish the higher personal allowance for the over-65s. By Julian Knight

Deal ends Heathrow Express strike

A dispute over disciplinary action against two workers on the Heathrow Express has been resolved, ending the threat of fresh strikes.

Hundreds of London Underground maintenance workers are set to be balloted for strikes

'Strings' attached to Olympic pay offer says RMT

Union leaders today accused London Underground of attempting to impose new "strings" over an Olympic pay deal for Tube staff after talks collapsed.

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Guilty – of watching a film on the Arab Spring in Mugabe's Zimbabwe

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Heathrow Express workers to strike

Workers on the Heathrow Express are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in a continuing dispute over disciplinary action against two rail workers.

Shivered, Southwark Playhouse, London

When some artists affect to say the unsayable, the result is simply unspeakable. To listen to some folk, you might run away with the idea that Philip Ridley - renaissance man of the East End and master of the sawn-off baroque - is just a sensationalising miserabilist out to exploit and maximise everything that is morally and viscerally gross and triple-X rated.

Eric Ollerenshaw said that Conservatives were not seen as 'being like one of us' in the North

Top Tory: Our party is white, posh, male and far too Southern

Party 'must address image in the North'

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