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SWEEPING changes to the laws on succession to the throne will be pushed through by the Government, including ending the right of boys to take precedence over older sisters.
Vera Baird, the solicitor-general, who is to help steer a new equality law through the Commons, said last night the entrenched right of males to succeed to the throne ahead of their older sisters was "unfair" and "a load of rubbish".
She added: "I have always thought that what we have to do with the Royal Family is integrate them as far as possible into the human race."
Radical proposals to reunite Anglicans with the Roman Catholic Church under the leadership of the Pope are to be published this year, The Times has learnt.
The proposals have been agreed by senior bishops of both churches.