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A bid to exempt Parliament from the Freedom of Information Act has been blocked in the House of Commons.
A cross-party alliance of MPs talked an amendment bill out after stalling tactics from the floor.
The Bill would have made both the Commons and the Lords, and all MPs’ correspondence, exempt from disclosure under the FoI Act.

Former Halifax Courier managing director Martin Black has died, following a battle with cancer, aged 70.
As well as working for the Courier, becoming MD in the 1970s, he also set up his own public relations consultancy and advertising agency, and founded a company specialising in sporting publications. He was president of the Yorkshire Newspaper Society in 1975, and left the courier in 1976.

A new weekly eight-page supplement to the Scotsman, SW, is aimed at smart, stylish and switched-on Scottish women, according to the paper.
It will combine topical human interest and lifestyle stories reflecting real women’s lives with style and fashion features.
In addition to SW, an innovative new section Recommends is also launching, carrying readers’ recommendations on their favourite places and experiences in Scotland. Reader interaction is a key element and there will be a chance to comment on other readers’ recommendations.

Glasgow Evening Times photographer Lenny Warren has been honoured for taking what is billed as one of the UK’s pictures of the year.
He is among the 133 finalists in the Press Photographers of the Year 2007 contest, which attracted more than 6,000 entries. Do you have a story about the regional press?
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