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Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

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PHILIP THODY was for 28 years, until his retirement in 1993, Professor of French Literature at Leeds University and one of the foremost figures in French Studies in the United Kingdom.

Gazette: Birthdays

TODAY: Mr George Bush, former US president, 75; Mr Mark Calcavecchia, golfer, 39; Mr Charles Clark, lawyer and publisher, 66; Mr John Copley, operatic producer, 66; The Earl of Cromartie, explosives engineer, 51; Mr Vic Damone, singer, 71; Mr Michael Fabricant MP, 49; Sir Peter Froggatt, Pro-Chancellor, Dublin University, 71; Lady Herries of Terregles, racehorse trainer, 61; Sir Kenneth Hollings, former High Court judge, 81; Mr Pat Jennings, footballer, 54; Mr Peter Jones, actor, 79; Sir Paul Kennedy, a Lord Justice of Appeal, 64; Mr Oliver Knussen, composer and conductor, 47; Lord McCluskey, a Senator in the College of Justice in Scotland, 70; Dr Ernest Mario, co-chairman and chief executive, Alza Corporation, Palo Alto, 61; Mr Ian Partridge, singer, 61; Lord Razzall, lawyer, 56; Mr John W.McW. Thompson, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph, 79; Mr John Townend MP, 65.

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Global warming lures butterflies to north wards migrating to the warmer north

BUTTERFLIES ARE flying farther north for summer in response to a warmer climate, according to the biggest study yet of these Cinderellas of the insect world.

Class and career hit child cancer rates

A FATHER'S job and social class can increase the likelihood of their children suffering from cancer. New research has shown that children whose fathers work in farming, the solvents industry or tyre manufacturing have an increased risk of dying from childhood cancers.

Obituary: Corinne Bellow

CORINNE BELLOW arrived at the Tate Gallery in May 1954 as personal assistant to Sir John Rothenstein, its director. She went on to create the press and PR office at the Tate, and as Head of Information Services presided over an extraordinary period of creative and successful press coverage and sponsorship.

Computers fail to solve bus mystery

IT HAS taken 40 years of scientific research to reach a conclusion that simply confirms what everybody on an omnibus knows: you wait hours for a bus and then three come along at once. This somewhat predictable conclusion has been reached by Leeds University computer scientist Professor Tony Wren, with the aid of a research team of 12 working with a computer program designed to make bus and train networks run more effectively.

Left to their own devices

Too often today, children are left unsupervised to amuse themselves and their friends

Obituary: Derek Fatchett

THE PREMATURE death of Derek Fatchett robs the Labour Party of a politician who friends and foes alike believed was destined for a place in the Cabinet.

Violence on TV is `fun not horrific'

TELEVISION REGULATORS are to update their definition of screen violence after research showed that people of all ages find certain gory scenes funny rather than horrific.

Depressed enough to watch TV?

With monotonous regularity, letters drop through my letterbox warning me that I may soon face prosecution and a heavy fine. To avoid this fate, I am urged to write a cheque for almost pounds 100. Because I don't respond to this bullying, I am occasionally visited by men who have been sent to question me in person.

Open Eye: Part-time doctors may need patience

The Open University has responded to the Government call for bids to provide 1,000 additional undergraduate places in medicine, with a proposal for an internationally unique, part-time Stage One Foundation Course for Medicine.

Focus: The accent that dare not speak its name

As posh talk becomes passe and RP dies out, the demotic language of the call centre is now the only one we share

Revolution at A-level means extra exams

ALL SIXTH FORMERS will be encouraged to study more subjects, in the most far-reaching changes to A-level for 50 years which were announced by the Government yesterday.

There's something in firms that makes people stupid

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