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Buck House Baz;Diary;News and opinion

TALKING OF Ms Hodge, welcome aboard to Barry Sheerman, ultra-loyal Labour MP for Huddersfield and, the Diary gathers, the new holder of herself's old office, the chair of the education select committee.

Once described (unfairly, surely) as a new Labour poodle worthy of a Crufts award for obedience, he is best known for proposing we celebrate the Millennium by knocking down Britain's ugliest buildings (starting with Buckingham Palace).

Teachers in rotting prefabs

everywhere will wish him well.

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