Union's get tough call

Schools should be banned from teaching children that marriage is superior to gay partnerships, lecturers said yesterday.

Schools should be banned from teaching children that marriage is superior to gay partnerships, lecturers said yesterday.

The University and College Union said new regulations outlawing discrimination against individuals on grounds of sexual orientation did not go far enough.

Delegates at UCU's annual conference in Bournemouth unanimously backed a motion which said: "All negative characterisations by teachers of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, identity and lifestyle should be outlawed and classified as an act of discrimination and an incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation."

Growing sector

THE number of jobs in professions such as accountancy, law and property has risen at the fastest rate for almost a decade in recent months, according to a report today.

The services sector has grown more quickly than the rest of the economy over the past 20 years, said the CBI.

Home banking

AS MUCH as £3.5bn in cash is lying around people's homes when it could be earning them interest in savings accounts, according to a new report.

Research found one in six people stashed cash around the house rather than putting it into a bank or investment.

No action

A PROTESTER who interrupted a church service to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade will not face any further action, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Toyin Agbetu, 39, jumped up from his seat during the service, attended by the Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair, in Westminster Abbey on March 27.

Helping cyclists

MORE than 40 rules in the new Highway Code are being amended to help cyclists, a national organisation which represents them said yesterday.

The Cyclists Touring Club said there had been agreement to encourage drivers to take more care around vulnerable road users and the changes are set to come into effect this summer.

Jones to leave

CORONATION Street actor Bruce Jones, who plays resident layabout Les Battersby is to leave the show, ITV said yesterday. Jones, 54, is suspended from the soap over allegations of drunken antics in a family restaurant.

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