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Boris' fear factor

A hysterical fear of paedophiles is stopping men taking up jobs as school teachers, according to shadow education minister Boris Johnson. He said boys were losing out because they needed men as role models who could provide more competitive lessons.

"I'm not saying this is the only factor deterring male teachers from having the brilliant career which they could have," he said. "But we have to consider it is a factor. We need to turn down the hysteria."

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