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Talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground workers over Tube ticket office closures are to be held.

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Schools Minister David Laws: 'Teachers are paid to work in the classroom'

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Labour MOT-style test for teachers would be a 'bureaucratic nightmare' says Schools Minister David Laws

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary unveiled his plans on Wednesday

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Many allegations are likely to be 'malicious', insist teachers' unions

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Former NUM leader Arthur Scargill 'tried to buy London flat under Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy scheme'

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Plaid Cymru would wipe out junior doctors' student debt in order to solve Welsh medic shortage

With 26.4 doctors per 10,000 people, Wales has one of the lowest doctor per patient ratios in Europe

Boris Johnson TFL information sign mocks Mayor ahead of planned tube strikes

Criticism comes as tube workers prepare for protests and two 48-hour industrial action

Seeing red in Hamburg: Violence flares as radical left-wing squatters fight to save commune from developers

Tony Paterson reports from one of Europe’s richest cities fast becoming a magnet for a new wave of German activism

Mark Duggan death: Vigil in Tottenham passes peacefully as family renew vow to 'fight for justice'

The steps of Tottenham police station became a platform  for the family and supporters of Mark Duggan to pledge to continue their “fight for justice” today, after the 29-year-old’s killing was ruled lawful by an inquest jury on Wednesday.

Tube strikes loom: workers vote strongly in favour of action against ticket office closure plans

Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

Rev Ian Paisley has moderated his views on certain issues in older age

Cameron was right to 'tell the truth' on Bloody Sunday: Introducing an older, more mellow Rev Ian Paisley

The former firebrand was looked back on his 60-year career in politics during a series of interviews with the BBC

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