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Father calls in Labour pledge

The father of the fourth-year pupil at the centre of the Dumfries case reminded the Government this week that Labour's election manifesto committed the party to "speedy but fair procedures to remove teachers unsuited to the job".

He said he had been in touch with Russell Brown, the MP for Dumfries and former Labour leader on the council, who hoped to raise the matter with Brian Wilson, the Education Minister.

The parent noted that the EIS had welcomed the minister's declaration of "zero tolerance" of bullying and violence in schools but observed that "not all school bullies are pupils".

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