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LABOUR'S FIRST BILLS TO TARGET EDUCATION

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New powers to be granted by education secretary David Blunkett could see dozens of failing schools closed within we...
New powers to be granted by education secretary David Blunkett could see dozens of failing schools closed within weeks, reports the Express (p2).

New legislation to be announced in the Queen's Speech will include two education bills, one to abolish assisted places in schools, and one giving the education secretary powers to raise classroom standards.

Education minister Stephen Byers last night demanded a report within two days, into 281 under-performing schools.

Legislation giving unions statutory bargaining rights in workplaces where more than half of employees vote to be represented, will not be in the first raft of Labour changes, reports the paper.

Included in the list of new legislation, which is being finalised today, will be a Crime and Disorder Bill to target young offenders and introduce new powers against nuisance neighbours.

There will be bills to create a commission for low pay, which would set a national minimum wage, and referendum bills for Scotland, Wales and a new London authority.

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