7 Days

Massow won't quit Ivan Massow, chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, refused to resign following his article in the New Statesman (21 January) criticising conceptual art. Told that the ICA council was considering his position, Massow said: "I find it extraordinary that they have taken the issue so seriously. The ICA should keep alive the debate on contemporary art, and I hope they give me the chance to do this."

Afghan homecoming Afghan asylum-seekers are likely to be sent home for the first time since 1978, after immigration officials ruled that the country was becoming safe again. Britain had become a haven for Afghans fleeing civil war and the oppressive Taliban regime, with more than 2,500 arriving between July and September 2001.

Labour losing members A 10 per cent fall in Labour Party membership in 2001 was blamed on the disengagement of young people from party politics. The number of members fell to 280,000, and prompted the creation of three task forces to combat the fall in voter turnout and general political inactivity.

Royal Mail lie-in The government unveiled plans to close up to 3,000 urban post offices in an effort to cut a £1.2bn deficit. Other measures being proposed to counter losses include delaying home postal deliveries until mid-afternoon.

Judge rings changes The Lord Chief Justice proclaimed that convicted mobile-phone thieves must be sent to prison for up to five years. Lord Woolf's decision came in the wake of police reports that more than 700,000 phones were stolen last year.

Tyson gets a knock-back Mike Tyson's World Heavyweight title fight with Lennox Lewis was put into doubt, when Tyson's licence to box in Las Vegas was not renewed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which voted against Tyson, was unmoved by the boxer's plea that he was "not Mother Teresa".

This article first appeared in the 04 February 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Revealed: how Labour sees women