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Issue No. 1744

Have things got better

THE BIGGEST advertiser in the country is not a giant multinational but the New Labour government.

It spent 16.4 million on advertising in February, more than corporations like Unilever and Procter & Gamble. New Labour spent 113.5 million in the year to March 2000 on adverts.

NURSES ARE leaving hospitals in Scotland in record numbers, driven out by poor pay, low morale and long working hours. Almost a fifth of Scotland's midwives and nurses have given up their jobs in the last three years, according to the UNISON union. A quarter of student nurses drop out of their courses because of poverty.

NEW LABOUR may force drivers to pay to use motorways as part of plans it to deal with the predicted 32 percent rise in road traffic by 2010.

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Sat 21 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1744
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