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Magazine article Public Finance

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Sir Bruce Liddington, former head of Northampton School for Boys, has been appointed schools commissioner by the Department for Education and Skills. The role will see him helping local authorities to find their schools partners and sponsors. Education secretary Alan Johnson said: This role is crucial to delivering the transformation I want to see happening throughout the system. [Liddington] will work with local authorities in taking forward their new commissioning duties.'

Middlesex Guildhall on London's Parliament Square is to be transformed into the UK's new Supreme Court, the Department for Constitutional Affairs announced last week. Westminster City Council has agreed to grant the necessary planning permission, although work will not begin on the Grade II listed building until consent has been given by English Heritage. Renovation is scheduled to start in April 2007 and the court is expected to open in October 2009.

Campaigners In north Wales have lost their fight to stop their local hospitals from being downgraded. An NHS report recommended that major services be moved from Llandudno Hospital to consolidate acute services in north Wales. HM Stanley Hospital in St Asaph and Abergele Hospital will also lose services under the report's recommendations. It said the future of both buildings still needed to be discussed, but closure remained a strong possibility.

A group of MPs has called for urgent action to tackle a rise in anti-semitism in Britain. The cross-party panel of 14 MPs, set up in 2005, said that incidents had been exacerbated by the Middle East crisis. …

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