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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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The Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will pay its interim chair more than £60,000 for six months' work, to rescue the organisation from financial problems. Peter Garland was appointed in December after it was revealed that the trust, one of the first wave of hospitals to achieve flagship foundation status, projected an overspend of £11.3m in its first year. Garland's salary exceeds the highest threshold recommended for NHS executives. Bradford will appoint a permanent chair this summer.

A former Labour councillor has been jailed for three years for vote-rigging at a local election. Muhammed Hussain collected blank ballot papers delivered to homes in his ward in Blackburn, Lancashire, where he later defeated his Conservative rival in the May 2002 local elections. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the returning officer. The case follows another controversial postal vote-rigging scandal in Birmingham two weeks ago.

Mick Brookes, head teacher of Sherwood junior school in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, is to succeed David Hart as general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers on September 1. Brookes defeated his rival, David Hawker, by 8,863 votes to 4,374 in the election for the post.

Two senior members of the British National Party, including its leader Nick Griffin, have appeared in court charged with race hate offences. Griffin, of Welshpool, was charged at Halifax police station and appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court on April 7 accused of using words or behaviour intended or likely to stir up racial hatred. …

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