John Bangs, the NUT's head of education

17th September 2004 at 01:00
William Stewart reports from the Trades Union Congress on the rehabilitation of the National Union of Teachers'

* John Bangs, the NUT's head of education, has emerged as a surprise contender for the union's deputy general secretary post. He decided to stand for election after representations from his supporters and more significantly those of Mr Sinnott. Mr Bangs was a well-beaten third in the summer's leadership contest.

Left-wing factions are backing Christine Blower, the union's former president.

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