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Cambridge applicants to face new test

says AS-levels show if an application is likely to be competitive Would-be students at Cambridge University will have to sit written tests as part of the application process, the university’s admissions director has announced. The move will affect students applying for courses starting in autumn 2017. The tests will be tailored to each subject and will be taken before or ...

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I’m not Corbyn’s patsy, Sadiq Khan to tell Londoners

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate to be mayor of London, is to tell potential voters he is prepared to stand up to Jeremy Corbyn and not be his “patsy”. Khan has been targeted as the Labour leader’s “man in City Hall” by his Tory rival Zac Goldsmith, while David Cameron has warned Londoners they would be “lab rats” for the ...

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EU’s Donald Tusk to unveil proposed UK reform deal

A draft deal to meet David Cameron’s EU reform demands – including new powers for national parliaments to block unwanted laws – will be unveiled later. European Council President Donald Tusk will publish the text shortly. Mr Cameron is aiming to convince the rest of the EU to sign up to his demands at a summit on February 18-19. If ...

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Rushanara Ali MP condemns Government’s decision to scrap student maintenance grants

Rushanara Ali MP attacked the Government’s recent decision to replace maintenance grants with loans for lower income students through the back door using a statutory instrument which avoids proper parliamentary scrutiny. Despite substantial opposition the Government used an obscure parliamentary committee to push through their changes to higher education funding on 14 January 2016. This denied debate to a policy ...

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Mayor John Biggs fulfils another election pledge

Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs, held his first Mayoral Assembly at Swanlea School on January 21. More than 80 residents, business owners and voluntary sector partners attended to feedback ideas and concerns about the Whitechapel Vision; work being done to create jobs for local people; support for businesses and local anti-social behaviour issues. Discussion was particularly lively around affordable housing ...

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Fury as David Cameron calls Calais refugees ‘a bunch of migrants’

Bangla Mirror Desk :: David Cameron has been accused of using inflammatory language about refugees after referring to people in camps at Calais as a “bunch of migrants”. The prime minister made the comments in the House of Commons on Wednesday as he criticised Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Britain to do more to help refugees in French camps. Pointing at ...

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600 Curry-house owners gather in London to discuss the current crisis

Bangla Mirror Desk :: Curry has been one of Britain’s most loved foods since the 1940s. Currently it is a huge industry generating over £4.1 billion for the economy with over 15,000 outlets in the UK from big cities to the smallest of villages. Yet the industry is struggling to survive weighed down by staff shortages, immigration laws, competition from ...

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Britain to help strengthen Democracy: Alison Blake

Newly appointed British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake recently said that her country would continue to work with the government, political parties, democratic institutions, and other stakeholders to help ‘flourish democracy’ in Bangladesh. Blake, the first female High Commissioner from UK to Bangladesh, made the remark while talking to journalists at her first interaction with media after taking over ...

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More teachers ‘need Holocaust training’, say MPs

Too few teachers – particularly history teachers – are being trained to teach the Holocaust in England, the Education Select Committee says. Although good Holocaust teaching material is available, the majority of teachers are “self-taught” with little professional development, MPs say. They also call for steps to be taken to preserve the words of Holocaust survivors for future generations. Ministers ...

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