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Cameron 'absolutely determined' to win lost seat back

David Cameron has said he is "absolutely determined to win" the Rochester and Strood seat back after Conservative defector Mark Reckless's victory for Ukip.

The Prime Minister later expressed similar sentiments on Twitter, writing:

David Cameron made several short visits to Rochester but saw Conservative candidate Kelly Tolhurst lose to Ukip defector Mark Reckless. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ofsted: East London schools 'vulnerable to extremism'

Pupils at six private Muslim schools may be "vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation", Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned as the watchdog published a series of highly-critical reports.

In an advice note to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael said he was "extremely concerned" about the large number of failings in each of the six independent schools inspected in Tower Hamlets, east London.

In all of the schools, pupils' physical and educational welfare is "at serious risk", Sir Michael said as stressed the need to take urgent action to address the situation.


Andy Coulson will wear electronic tag for four months

Andy Coulson will have to wear an electronic tag until he has served half of his full sentence as a condition of his early release, it is understood.

The disgraced former Number 10 spin doctor has left Hollesley Bay open prison after 20 weeks of his 18-month sentence and will wear the tag for 130 days.

Former tabloid editor Andy Coulson was jailed in July after an eight-month trial at London's Old Bailey. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The ex-News of the World editor was previously held at HMP Belmarsh in south east London before switching jails in September.

The Ministry of Justice declined to comment on Coulson's arrangement but said inmates can be released for home detention before they have served half of their term.

Public protection is our first priority. Only prisoners who pass a strict risk assessment can be released on home detention curfew (HDC).

Offenders on HDC are subject to strict licence conditions and can be recalled to prison if they breach them.

– Ministry of Justice spokesperson

Prisoners can be considered for HDC if they are serving a sentence of more than three months and less than four years and have served a quarter of their sentence.

Andy Coulson leaves jail after serving 20 weeks

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been released from prison after being jailed for conspiracy to hack phones, ITV News understands.

Andy Coulson was found guilty in June of conspiring to intercept phone messages while in charge of the News of the World. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The 46-year-old left Hollesley Bay in Suffolk by car this morning after serving 20 weeks of the 18-month sentence he received in July.

Coulson, who also formerly worked as director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, will reportedly be made to wear an electronic tag as a condition of his early release.


Kick It Out: Whelan comments should be investigated

Anti-racism group Kick It Out believe Wigan owner Dave Whelan's comments about Jewish and Chinese people should be investigated.

Whelan, 77, was asked to give his views on Malky Mackay's text message exchanges with Iain Moody.

During the interview with the Guardian, he said: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all.”

Dave Whelan has come under fire for his comments. Credit: PA

A Kick It Out statement read: “The Football Association has outlined in a statement that ‘no assurances have been given on the outcome of the case’ yet Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan continues to suggest elsewhere that two ‘influential’ people have informed him that ‘nothing will come’ from the investigation.

“This comes shortly after the Guardian published comments from Whelan that ‘Jewish people chase money more than everybody else’ and that the word ‘chink’ is not offensive. He has brought into question whether he is a fit and proper person who should be running a professional football club.

“The remarks act as another example of the culture which continues to exist within football, and further proves that some in positions of power seem comfortable sharing those views either privately or publicly. These comments must not go unchallenged and have to be investigated by The FA.

“The FA also needs to get to the bottom of Whelan’s insistence that he has been in contact with ‘influential’ figures within its own organisation about the Malky Mackay and Iain Moody case. They must ascertain whether his claims have any substance by conducting an investigation into this too.”

East London Mosque school 'not teaching curriculum'

A number of schools in East London have criticised for not protecting children from the threat of Islamic extremism, and spending too much time teaching the Qur'an instead of the national curriculum.

The Al-Mizan independent school,located inside the East London Mosque and managed by the East London Mosque Educational Trust, was found to be inadequate in every inspection criteria.

The school website states that pupils will be taught the National Curriculum. In practice, this does not happen.

School leaders accept that their information about pupils’ progress in English, mathematics and science is inaccurate. In contrast, a rigorous system is in place to track pupils’ progress, homework and fluency in memorising the Qur’an.

– Ofsted inspection report

Ofsted criticises sex segregation in state-run school

Ofsted have criticised a state-run school in east London was not doing enough to protect its pupils from the threat of Islamic extremism.

In one of seven reports into schools in the area, inspectors found there was inadequate protection for young people and that girls were being prevented from having equal access to school facilities.

Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat School. Credit: Google Street View

Ofsted found that the school failed to monitor the online activities of the sixth-form Islamic society, which included a Facebook page with links to radical preachers. The most recent report said that despite police warnings on these links, leaders within the school failed to act.

Leaders have organised separate boys’ and girls’ entrances and exits to the school. Although there are mixed dining and study areas, segregated boys’ and girls’ outdoor and indoor spaces are provided at breaktimes and lunchtimes.
As a consequence, boys and girls do not have equal access to the school’s facilities. For example, girls cannot use the football cages provided in the boys’ playground.

– Ofsted inspection report
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