Tuesday 15 February 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy

    Tories plan HIV tests for migrants

    The Conservative party raised the political heat on immigration
    yesterday by demanding that anyone seeking to come to Britain for
    more than a year should undergo compulsory health tests including
    screening for HIV and TB.

    Potential migrants from outside the EU except asylum seekers would
    be subject to the compulsory tests.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    Bad neighbours taught a lesson

    Intensive parenting courses ‘better than

    More than 1,000 problems families across the country are to be
    targeted by the government’s neighbourhood nuisance programme
    over the next twelve months.

    They will be offered a last chance to accept support and turn
    around their behaviour, or be told they will have to face the

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    Prisoner found hanged in cell

    Lee Crisp, awaiting sentence after being convicted of theft by a
    Birmingham court, was found hanged in his cell in Brinsford prison,
    Wolverhampton, on Saturday night.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    Jodi’s killer to appeal

    Luke Mitchell, 16, serving a minimum of 20 years for murdering his
    girlfriend Jodi Jones, 14, is to appeal against his

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    Teachers’ union has no time for Kelly

    The National Union of Teachers has announced it will not be
    inviting the education secretary Ruth Kelly nor any other senior
    politicians to speak at its annual conference this year.

    The NUT said the delegates wanted to spent less time listening to
    political speakers and more time on policy debates.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    Blunkett takes rehabilitation fight to Keighley

    David Blunkett, former home secretary and Sheffield Brightside MP,
    is campaigning in Keighley to keep out the British National Party
    and defend Ann Cryer’s 4,000-strong majority against the

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday February 15 2005 page

    28 deaths probed

    An investigation into the deaths of 28 elderly patients at the
    Gosport War Memorial hospital, Hampshire, has been handed to the
    Crown Prosecution Service. The CPS will decide whether allegations,
    which are believed to involve the over-prescription of diamorphine
    in the 1990s, can be brought to court.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday February 15 2005 page 2

    Cell death inquiry

    Police considered corporate manslaughter charges against the Prison
    Service after Zahid Mubarek was beaten to death by his racist
    cellmate Robert Stewart in March 2000. A public inquiry was told
    how the Prison Service had failed to address problems at Feltham
    Young Offender Institution. The inquiry continues.

    Source:- The Times Tuesday February 15 2005 page 4

    Don’t pick a fight or spin a line

    As Sir Michael Bichard prepares to review the progress on his
    recommendations for child protection, he reveals his tips on how to
    conduct a public inquiry

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday February 15 2005
    page 5

    Super heroes to the rescue?

    If you have no fear the options are endless, says the founder of
    Fathers 4 Justice, but is direct action an option for charities to
    publicise their cause?

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday February 15 2005
    page 8

    A voluntary arrangement

    Will voluntary organisations lose their independence if they
    increase their reliance on government funding? The sector’s
    leaders express their hopes and fears for the future direction of
    charities in Britain

    Source:- The Times Public Agenda Tuesday February 15 2005
    page 9

    Kilroy: Foreigners steal British jobs

    “Mass immigration” leads to foreign workers forcing
    British people out of work and should be stopped, Robert
    Kilroy-Silk said at the launch of his party, Veritas.

    He said only the rich benefited and it was a “matter of
    numbers” not race.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 15 February page

    Clarke: We want more refugees

    Charles Clarke told a meeting of Labour activists in Gateshead it
    was a “moral and legal duty” to encourage asylum
    seekers and economic migrants.

    He told the meeting the economy of London, in particular,
    “utterly depends” on migration and he wanted Britain to
    be a place of refuge for those fleeing tyranny.

    Source:- Daily Mail Thursday 15 February page 1

    Is a passport photo of a baby with a bare chest offensive
    to Muslims? The Home Office thinks so.

    A mother who sent two passport photographs of her baby to the Home
    Office was told the pictures were “unacceptable”
    because Muslims might find them offensive.

    The reason given by the UK Passport Service was that the
    seven-month old was not wearing a top.

    Source:- Daily Mail Thursday 15 February page 5

    Teacher faces prison over her year-long fling with boy of

    A teacher is facing jail after admitting having sex with a pupil at
    a special needs school. The mother of four seduced the 14-year-old
    after giving him maths lessons.

    Source:- Daily Mail Thursday 15 February page 12

    How out of hours system for GPs could cost lives

    Doctors’ groups said GP services need more cash to deal with
    thousands of calls on evenings and weekends.

    They warned the crisis could lead to the collapse of GP
    co-operatives, which provide services across half the

    Source:- Daily Mail Thursday 15 February page 18

    We’re a soft touch for travellers

    Around 200 more travellers have moved onto an illegal camp in
    Cottenham, Cambridgeshire after winning a two-year stay of
    execution last month following a planning appeal.

    Villagers say the problem worsened after an advocacy service was
    set up for travellers wanting to settle in the area.

    Source:- Daily Mail Thursday 15 February page 20

    Scottish news

    Jail for mother who lied over benefit for her autistic son

    A mother who fraudulently claimed £18,000 in housing benefit
    to pay for her disabled son to go to a special-needs school has
    been jailed for 12 months.

    Elaine Ovens used the money to pay the mortgage so her autistic
    13-year-old boy would not have to leave the area and change schools
    when her husband moved out of the family home.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 15 February

    Assaults soar among children in care

    Hundreds of Scotland’s most vulnerable children have been assaulted
    by other young people in residential care, according to figures
    published today in The Herald Society.

    Assaults ranged from using weapons and throwing objects to shouting
    and swearing.

    Under the Freedom of Information Act, figures obtained from more
    than half of Scotland’s 32 councils show there were more than 1191
    incidents of children assaulting staff and 403 incidents of
    assaults on other young people last year.

    Many of the local authorities have seen significant increases in
    assaults between children.

    Source:- The Herald Tuesday 15 February

    Welsh newspapers

    Plight of asylum seekers roaming our cities

    The plight of asylum seekers whose claims have failed living in
    South Wales is to be revealed in a documentary on tonight.

    The S4C programme claims women are forced to live rough when their
    asylum applications fail.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 15 February

    ‘Golden goodbyes’ cost taxpayers

    A policy designed to encourage older councillors to retire after 16
    years introduced in 2003 has cost the taxpayer more than £1.6
    million it has been revealed.

    The Past Service Award enabled councillors to claim up to
    £20,000, or £1,000 for each year of service, in a single
    lump sum.

    The Assembly made the disclosure following a request by the Western
    Mail under the Freedom of Information Act.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 15 February

    Your children with the best start

    At least one early years children’s centre will be created in
    each county Labour pledged in an election pamphlet for Wales
    released yesterday.

    The party also said that it has created more than 11, 000 childcare
    places in Wales.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 15 February



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