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A record number of students of students gained places at university yesterday due to more students taking “tougher” A-levels favoured by the most sought-after institutions, the Daily Telegraph reports.
However, the Independent draws attention to concern from the Association of School and College Leaders about a growing gender divide, with girls shying away from maths and science and fewer boys opting for English and creative subjects.
Mansfield DC’s ruling Labour group have locked the mayoral chains away in a row over whether they should be worn by elected mayor Tony Egginton (Ind). Labour group leader Martin Lee said the chain was an “anachronism” and claimed that if anyone should get to wear the chains it should be the Labour chairman, the Independent reports.
Hospital waiting lists
The number of patients on waiting lists for NHS hospital treatment has hit a five-year high of 2.9m, the Guardian reports today. Ministers have blamed increasing demand while Labour said the coalition’s NHS reform programme was the cause.
Energy company Cuadrilla is temporarily suspending exploratory fracking operations in the West Sussex village of Balcombe as anti-shale gas protestors gear up for a campaign of “mass civil disobedience” near its drilling site, reports the Financial Times.
Meanwhile the Times reports on the “Pennsylvanian backwater” of Waynesburg which was transformed by fracking but whose residents are still divided over the benefits the industry brings.
The Conservatives still have questions to answer about race and the party’s attitude toward ethnic minority voters, one of the prime minister’s advisers has said. The Guardian reports that Shaun Bailey, a Tory and former Downing Street aide, spoke out after a survey showed Britain’s minority ethnic vote might determine the outcome of the 2015 general election.
Meanwhile UKIP’s treasurer, Stuart Wheeler, has come under fire after he said women should not be promoted to company board because they were not as good as men at chess, poker or bridge, the Independent reports.
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