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Readers' to quiz MPs in election countdown

The Scarborough Evening News has given its readers the chance to quiz four leading politicians in the run-up to the election.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Conservative shadow prisons minister Alan Duncan and deputy leader of the Green Party Adrian Ramsay have all agreed to answer questions submitted by the paper’s readers.

Privacy, defamation and future developments in media law will be on the menu at the ‘Management Forum Media Law’ conference next month.

The event, on 28 May in London, will also look at copyright, the internet and user-generated content.

Confirmed speakers include solicitor Brid Jordan and barrister William Bennett.

Tickets for the conference, being held at the Rembrandt Hotel in Thurloe Place, are available by emailing or calling 01483 730 008.

A team of five from The Northern Echo will be running a 10K race in Darlington in August to raise money for the 3 Rifles appeal.

Editor Peter Barron and reporters Lauren Pyrah, Dave Roberts, Will Roberts and Paul Cook are collecting cash which will help families of soldiers killed and injured in Afghanistan.

Their fundraising target is £500 and the paper itself set the ball rolling by donating £100.

The event takes place on 8 August – to sponsor the team visit

Press Association Sport has concluded a deal with MSN to provide a dedicated sports news centre on MSN.

It will offer news and analysis on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The so-called ‘World Cup News Centre’ will provide news in nine languages to 13 territories including the UK, France and Germany.

Each of the 13 will host its own tailor-made content to give a more local slant to World Cup news and it is due to go live at the end of the month.

The Manchester Evening News has signed up solicitor Nick Freeman, better known as ‘Mr Loophole’, as a columnist.

He is well known for defending clients, many of them wealthy and famous, against motoring charges and owns a practice in the north-west city.