15th March 1996 at 00:00
Nothing goes right for Michael Meacher. The Labour veteran is already reduced to the distinctly back-seat job of employment spokesman - which would be fine were it not that David Blunkett is already the education and employment spokesman.

Last week a rare shaft of limelight was cruelly blotted out. Mr Meacher, famously described as "Tony Benn's representative on earth", was the man of the moment as leaked news broke that the Government may bar some employees from industrial tribunals. But, with the media clamouring for his golden words, Mr Meacher was nowhere to be seen or heard: trapped, it is said, in a Birmingham taxi.

Some cruel jokers in the party have it that Mr Meacher's own employment rights are in jeopardy.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now