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Issue No. 2372

Bye to Brum college boss

The principal of a Birmingham college that tried to ban the niqab veil has resigned. Christine Braddock was forced to back down on the niqab ban after protests at the college.

Tooks is hit by legal aid cuts

The barristers chambers Tooks, which represented many victims of injustice, has announced it will close. It stated it was proud of its record of “defending the rights of the under privileged and the oppressed”. But it can’t carry on because of the government’s attack on legal aid.

Kitchen staff stage walkout

School canteen workers in Liverpool struck over pay on Monday of this week. The walkout hit 13 schools. Just under 70 school cooks and kitchen assistants in the GMB union took part. The workers are contracted and want the same pay as staff employed directly by Liverpool council.

More shoplift food to survive

More people are stealing food to feed themselves and their families, according to Lancashire chief constable Steve Finnigan. A Blackburn shop manager added, “They have no money and so they are forced into taking things. “It’s very sad.”


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Tue 24 Sep 2013, 17:50 BST
Issue No. 2372
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