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David Mellor and Lady Cobham with their portrait by June Mendoza at the Mall Galleries, London, in 2012

David Mellor's taxi rant: It was an unfortunate incident – but it didn't ruin my big day, says wife Lady Cobham

The James Ashton Interview: The head of VisitEngland is on a mission to sell the country’s qualities as a holiday destination. But conversation inevitably veers towards her partner and that encounter in a cab on the day she was honoured at Buckingham Palace

Mark Carney inside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, London

Mark Carney interview: ‘We need to keep to tradition. At the same time we need to modernise’

The James Ashton Interview: The charismatic Canadian is now 18 months into his stint as Governor of the Bank of England. So how does he think he’s doing?

Nadine Dorries draws inspiration from her childhood, spent largely on a Liverpool council estate, for her novels

Nadine Dorries interview: ‘I would say Labour are posher than us these days’

The James Ashton Interview: Nadine Dorries has livened up political life with a stint in the jungle and some outspoken views. But as the Tory MP has  a second novel published, she shows her passion for frontline issues is strong as ever

Autumn Statement: At last a Chancellor dares to fiddle with property taxes – to general approval

Move throws down the gauntlet to Ed Balls

Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Science and Education

Annette Thomas interview: Cut out the middle man and bring science straight to the masses

The James Ashton Interview: The system of peer review that has traditionally controlled the publication of academic research is under threat – from the Macmillan boss and her campaign for open access to data

High-flyer: Harriet Green has overhauled Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

Green - who would fire her first work emails at 5.30am - told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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Monique Roffey interview

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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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