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Months of electioneering loom as union leadership move fails

THE National Union of Teachers faces nearly 18 months of electioneering after the defeat of a controversial attempt to bring forward its leadership contest. Doug McAvoy, general secretary, was backed by a 22-15 majority of his executive last week. The ballot for general secretary will now close in June 2004. An election for deputy general secretary will not finish until January 2005.

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