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Mr Wataru Kuwahara honoured by The Queen

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In recognition of his service to the promotion of British culture and lifestyle and the export of British consumer goods through the Hankyu British Fair, Sue Kinoshita, the British Charge d’Affaires, conducted a presentation… …

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Labour plans to improve education standards. Plans “undermine education” say Conservatives

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Labour is today (Thursday) announcing a plan to improve education standards for all children after the OECD revealed on Tuesday that school children in Britain are more likely to be miserable compared with children in other countries. Labour Have pledged to: Cap all class sizes at 30 by recruiting nearly 20,000 more teachers Guarantee that every child is taught by a qualified teacher, ensuring around 25,000 currently unqualified staff are fully trained during Labour’s first term in office Ensure teachers will have more time for lesson planning and professional development Invest in ensuring that all school buildings are safe, with a new fund of over £7bn to tackle the backlog of vital but overdue repairs and install safety measures such as sprinklers Close the gap in funding for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with extra funding to reverse deficits in the High Needs Budget Fully reverse cuts to the Pupil Premium, and increase spending on it above inflation to support the most disadvantaged pupils.

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Labour plan to scrap short prison sentences. Conservatives fear “risk to public safety”

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Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, today outlined Labour’s plans to reduce the number of victims of crime and the costs of reoffending by ending ineffective short prison sentences and investing in proven alternatives. Burgon will commit Labour to legislating for a presumption against ineffective custodial sentences of less than six months. This will not apply to those who have committed violent or sexual offences.

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