27th October 2000 at 01:00
THE virtual reality of Peter Smith, Association of Teachers and Lecturers general secretary, arrived on screen at the farewell party for Richard Margrave, the union's departing press officer. The real Mr Smith could not appear as he was on holiday. <> After years in education Margrave - one-time aide to Jack Straw - is to head the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' communications office. It is feared the teddy bears he handed round at the end of ATL conferences may also disappear.

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