Hain backs `baby' chief

Northern Ireland police chief Sir Hugh Orde last night had the "complete and unequivocal" support of Ulster Secretary Peter Hain after it was revealed that he had fathered a secret love child.

Northern Ireland police chief Sir Hugh Orde last night had the "complete and unequivocal" support of Ulster Secretary Peter Hain after it was revealed that he had fathered a secret love child.

The married PSNI Chief Constable has been unmasked as the father of a 16-month-old boy whose mother is an undercover detective in the Metropolitan Police with whom he had a long-running affair.

Sir Hugh, who has a 21-year-old son with his wife Kathleen, insisted his family was aware of his baby son and were supportive and that the situation had not, and would not, affect his ability to do his job.

Giving help

A NEW self-regulatory body to boost public confidence in charities was launched yesterday, as research showed most people didn't know who to turn to with fundraising complaints.

The Fundraising Standards Board aims to become "the Corgi of the charity world" and reassure the public about how its members raise money, in what organisers say is a world first.

The RSPCA, NSPCC, Shelter and Barnardo's are among 250 charities which have signed up.

Members of the public can contact it via the website www.fsboard.org.uk or on 0845 402-5442.

Teachers soar

LABOUR'S decade in power has seen in increase of more than 36,000 teachers and almost 155,000 teaching support staff in English schools, it was revealed yesterday.

The figures were released in response to Parliamentary questions from former Education Secretary David Blunkett.

Mr Blunkett, who led the Education Department from 1997 to 2001, said that they provided a "phenomenal good news story" about the Government's investment in schools.

Brit click

FIVE songs which will compete in the Brit Awards' first live vote were unveiled last night.

The British Single Award will be decided by the press of a button - as viewers text in for their favourites during ITV1's live broadcast of the show on Valentine's Day.

Take That are in the list of nominees, as are Snow Patrol, Razorlight, The Feeling and Will Young.

The 26th Brit Awards will be hosted by comedian Russell Brand at London's Earls Court, and broadcast from 8pm to 10pm.

Oasis will take The Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.

For full information on how to text your vote, go to www.brits.co.uk

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