Embed from Getty ImagesBrian Eley, a former British Chess Champion who skipped bail in 1991 while charged with sexual offences against underage boys, died in Amsterdam in April. He was, as the leading English grandmaster John Nunn once observed, the only British Chess Champion to appear on Crimewatch. Eley had acted as non-playing captain to a number of English junior teams, but was not asked to fulfil this role after 1980 because he had encouraged his players to turn up late for their games and generally behave rudely. As some young players had complained about his sexual advances to the ...

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This could be the time for a resurgence of trade unionism, argues Stuart Whomsley. The arrival of Arthur Scargill on the RMT picket lines made me reflect on the decline and possible resurgence of the union movement. Margaret Thatcher wanted to destroy the miners and get revenge for the Miners' strike of 1974 and what it did to Ted Heath's government. Slightly ironic, as without the strike, she would have been unlikely to have taken over as leader of the Conservative Party. She also wanted to break the trade union movement. The unions were the powerhouse of the working people ...

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Members of North Northants Council have voted for a 10 per cent increase in their basic allowance. Each of the authority's 78 councillors will now receive £14,000 per year, and some special allowances will increase by a greater percentage. This has not gone down well with the staff of this Conservative-run authority. An anonymous employee told the Northamptonshire Telegraph: "I haven't had what I would call a decent payrise in years. I'm not unique in this of course, many private sector people haven't too. That alone should make it clear that we are in the same boat. So to see ...

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The best indication yet that the Labour/Plaid Cymru Welsh Government have let being in government go to their heads, is this latest consultation on banning the sale of tea and coffee to under-16s in Wales as part of plans to make young people healthier and stop rising obesity rates. Wales on line says that the Welsh Government has confirmed that the consultation on the proposal to end sales of energy drinks to children also asks whether the plan "should be widened to consider other drinks typically high in caffeine such as tea and coffee". Under current rules all drinks except ...

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Yesterday evening, the Commons passed the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill 295 by votes to 221. Lib Dem spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Layla Moran accused the government of reopening old wounds to save its own political skin rather than dealing with the issues facing the country now. She said the bill will only increase barriers against imports and exports causing prices to rise even further, the last thing that farmers, fishermen and families up and down the country want. Despots across the world will be delighted. How on earth can we hold others to account when we are ...

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Blether Tay-Gither is the Dundee Storytelling Group. From Sheila Kinninmonth, Blether Tay-Gither's secretary : We attempted to meet in-person in May but were thwarted at the last minute. So we are going to try again tonight, this time in the historic Dudhope Castle where we have been offered the use of a lovely space. It's a little out of the town centre but there is plenty parking and the 28 bus goes in that direction and there is a bus stop just a couple of minutes walk from the castle. Date: Tuesday 28th JuneTime : 7pm to 9pmVenue: Dudhope CastleDudhope ...