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Rural mental health inquiry must account for gamekeepers and shooting, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has raised the importance of recognising the challenges faced by gamekeepers and the physical and mental health benefits of shooting within the Environment Food Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee’s mental health inquiry. The wide-ranging inquiry launched in November 2021 will set out recommendations about how the government can… Read more »

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MPs agree to third reading of controversial education and inspections bill
Education bill approved with Tory help

The controversial education bill was finally agreed by MPs last night, although the government was forced to rely on Conservative support. The education and inspections bill, which will allow state schools to become self-governing trusts, passed its third reading in the House of Commons by 422 votes to 98. However, the left-wing Campaign Group claimed… Read more »

Alan Johnson argued against parental ballots in new trust school system
Tories help fight off Labour schools rebellion

The government fought off a backbench rebellion of 69 MPs last night when the Conservatives helped them get through the report stage of the education bill. The Labour rebels broke the party line to support an amendment forcing schools who hoped to become self-governing trusts to first gain approval of parents through a ballot. However,… Read more »