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Tackling troubled families and Louise Casey

I interviewed Louise Casey, the tough-talking head of the government’s troubled families programme, last week for The Sunday Times. Five minutes into our interview and Casey lost control. After telling me about her meeting with Stella, a 40-year-old mother from one of … Continue reading

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Breaking boundaries and teenage sex

One of the most worrying articles I researched last week for The Sunday Times was about the sexual activities of teenage (and younger) boys and girls. I talked to an organisation called TeenBoundaries, which is to run a project in … Continue reading

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Are we nuts about allergies?

Is it OK to ban everyone’s peanut butter sandwiches because one child has a nut allergy? That was the question one vexed mum asked The Sunday Times earlier this month. 200 parents at her child’s school were being asked to … Continue reading

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Adrian Mole and The Woman

I went to Leicester last week to interview Sue Townsend, the comic novelist. Was surprised to be told that she had received mental health treatment after the worldwide success of her first books. Of course, as one would expect from … Continue reading

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Les Ebdon and the matter of university entrance

Zak Kanter really wanted to be a doctor. He had everything going for him – 13 A* grades at GCSE, three predicted A*s at A level, masses of time spent on work placements in GP surgeries and hospitals. He helped … Continue reading

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