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HODGE CLAIMS VOUCHER WITNESSES 'NOBBLED'

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Tempers flared at the end of a Commons select committee meeting when Labour's Margaret Hodge claimed council offici...
Tempers flared at the end of a Commons select committee meeting when Labour's Margaret Hodge claimed council officials had been 'nobbled' after appearing to backtrack on strongly worded criticism of the nursery voucher scheme submitted earlier, The Guardian reports (p9).

Pilot authorities Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster admitted their own headteachers were against the scheme. Wandsworth director of education Paul Robinson said heads were 'not wildly enthusiastic at the outset and still aren't.'

The Telegraph reports (p8) that the government made it clear last night that it wouldn't be deterred from pressing ahead with vouchers.
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