Update: 13:05

November 4, 2002

Student severely burned in Halloween costume
An 18-year-old man appeared in court today accused of starting a fire in which a student suffered horrific burns when his Halloween costume caught alight. Bath University student Robert Lloyd, suffered 30 per cent burns when the tissue paper he had used to create his mummy outfit caught fire. Fellow student David Cameron appeared before the city's magistrates. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was released on bail.

Lawyers seek disclosure of Stubb's dismissal documents
Lawyers for the sacked exams watchdog Sir William Stubbs are seeking disclosure of key government documents relating to his dismissal, including instructions issued from 10 Downing Street. Sir William announced last week that he was suing for wrongful dismissal following his sacking as chairman of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority by former education secretary Estelle Morris over the summer A-level marking fiasco.

Shadow education spokesman to defy Tory whips
Shadow education spokesman Damien Green is among dissident Conservative MPs who plan to back moves to allow gay and unmarried couples to adopt children in a vote tonight. Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has refused to say how he will deal with the rebels, hinting only that those who stay away will escape punishment.

NI conference on combating campus sectarianism
The National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland is this weekend hosting a conference on combating sectarianism on campuses in Northern Ireland. Convenor Ben Archibald said it aimed to promote a greater understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict, debating contentious issues that currently divided the student community.

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