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News roundup 20.09.07

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More than 180 children trafficked illegally into the UK have gone missing without trace from social services care, The Guardian reports. A Unicef report calls for reforms including a professional guardian for each trafficked child to safeguard their interests.

Northern Rock

Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, will face a cross-party committee of MPs to explain his handling of the Northern Rock crisis and his decision to inject£10bn into the financial markets according to The Times, "Bank chief under fire over crisis 'flip-flop'".


Discussing a study by the Sutton Trust, The Guardian states "Selected from just 100 elite schools, one third of Oxbridge's UK students". The Financial Times suggests that Cambridge will struggle to bring in more students from poorer backgrounds because of growing applications from Europe, "EU growth puts strain on Cambridge".

Red tape has led to only three out of an expected 2,000 children taking part in a government initiative to place youngsters in care in top private boarding schools, according to The Times.


Today's editorials focus on the level of immigration in Britain. The Daily Telegraph praises chief constable Julie Spence for asserting that the uncontrolled arrival of migrant workers in the UK was placing an immense burden on public services.

Meanwhile, The Independent comments that the Commission for Racial Equality has carried out important work over the last 31 years, yet the paper warns that its work is not complete.

Elsewhere, The Guardian argues that raising unfounded expectations that the half-million migrants already here can be forced home is no way to restore public confidence.

In further comment, The Sun exclaims that immigrants who work hard and pay tax are welcome in Britain.

Birmingham Strategic Partnership

The Birmingham Strategic Partnership faces a judicial review after a community group claimed it had no authority to withdraw a£200,000 grant.

According to The Birmingham Post, the city’s Association of Neighbourhood Forums is considering legal action challenging the partnership’s constitutional validity.

Barnsley traffic congestion

Barnsley MBC has launched a car-sharing scheme to help crack down on congestion, reports the Yorkshire Post. The scheme is not only being promoted among council staff, but also with private companies.

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