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Henry Clother tributes

Henry Clother, who taught generations of aspiring journalists their art, has died.

He spent 13 years in charge of the newspaper course at City University’s graduate centre for journalism in London, after a career in newspapers which included spells at the Kentish Times, South London Press, the Birmingham Post and The Sun.

His students remember him for teaching the basics of their craft, the importance of good shorthand and a sound knowledge of law.

This was balanced by strong emphasis on the social side of journalism – and advice on claiming expenses!

His career included the news editorship of The Teacher magazine, of the National Union of Teachers, and a seven-year spell as head of the public relations department of the NUT.

He stood twice for Parliament as a Labour candidate, losing out to huge Conservative majorities in 1964 and 1970.

He was chairman of the press and public relations branch of the National Union of Journalists between 1981-2.

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