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Samar Maguire

'Back off' Ofsted! 'Climate of fear' forces out finest teachers, says NUT chief

Ofsted and the government should leave education to the teachers as a 'climate of fear' is forcing their finest to quit, claims the Manchester Teacher’s Union chief. Read More...

To eradicate FGM we must tell the victims' stories, says North West MEP

A North West MEP has called for the EU to set out it's plan of action to combat female genital mutilation, suggesting that victims must become the 'right holders'. Read More...

Ebola death toll would be lower if not for West's 'dumb' aid effort, says Man Uni prof

The Ebola crisis death toll might not have been so severe were it not for assisting nations ‘dumb’ aid programme and ‘lumping in aid and then walking away’, according to a leading humanitarian and health expert from Manchester. Read More...

Brit kids' school curriculum 'from Victorian era', claims North West MEP

The government’s education curriculum is ‘reminiscent of the Victorian era’, claims a North West MEP. Read More...

Palestine flag over town hall: Manchester 'can't be neutral over murdered children'

Manchester City Council should not be neutral over humanitarian issues like the deaths of innocent children, a campaigner claims ahead of the decision to fly a Palestinian flag over the town hall. Read More...

Manchester must unify to tackle sex crime shame, warns first female bishop

The awareness of human trafficking, forced marriage and exploitation is the responsibility of the 'whole community' and not just Manchester airport, says the new Bishop of Stockport. Read More...

GCSEs make teens feel stupid even when they're NOT, says Manchester education boss

As the GCSE results gender gap widens, a Manchester education boss is claiming the exams don’t just make boys feel stupid but girls too ‘even when they’re not’. Read More...

£3m MOSI exhibition space will 'inspire generations of Manchester scientists’

George Osborne has announced that £3million will be invested in an exhibition space at the Museum of Science and Industry ‘to inspire generations of scientists and engineers’. Read More...

Clegg's traffic plans 'could make Manchester roads MORE dangerous for cyclists'

Manchester’s biggest cycling club claim Nick Clegg’s £214million ‘strategic road network’ could end up making the city's roads less safe. Read More...

The kids are more than alright... they can save our health, says Manchester chief

The fate of Manchester's health outcomes lies with our youth, according to a city health chief. Read More...

Judge who said schoolgirl 'groomed' teacher 'shows UK's victim blaming culture'

Britain has a ‘victim blaming culture’ and a judge’s claims that a schoolgirl ‘groomed’ her teacher into having sex only makes it worse, says a leading child sex abuse charity chief. Read More...

Have faith in faiths: Religion unites more than divides, says Mancunian Jewish writer

As religious extremism and conflicts continue to dominate headlines, a Manchester Jewish writer is claiming religion ‘far more unites us than divides us’. Read More...

'Changing attitudes to alcohol' is key to stopping Manchester booze problem

The link between alcohol and anti-social behaviour in Manchester is a cultural problem and needs to be tackled by changing assumptions of why people drink, according to the leader of the city’s Street Pastors scheme. Read More...

Manchester psychic: Ouija boards 'can trigger mental health issues in children'

Ouija boards are ‘extremely dangerous’ and could cause mental health issue in children, claims an experienced Manchester psychic. Read More...

Government 'hand terrorists licence to kill' by not giving Lee Rigby London memorial

The Government do not care about murdered soldiers, according to the Lee Rigby memorial campaign leader. Read More...

CCTV: Thieves raid King Street jewellers with sledgehammer and smoke bomb

Dramatic CCTV footage reveals the moment men armed with a long-handled sledgehammer robbed a jewellers in Manchester city centre. Read More...

Shamed ex-Wigan councillor jailed for eight months over fake childcare expenses

A former Wigan councillor has been jailed for eight months for making fraudulent childcare claims. Read More...

Revealed: Manchester's smoking quit rate WORST in Britain

Manchester has the lowest smoking quit rate in Britain, an NHS report has found. Read More...

Fake 'cannabis dealers' use drugs to target students' bank cards, police warn

Students should be wary of men offering to sell drugs after numerous bank card thefts across Manchester, police have warned. Read More...