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Yvette Cooper is shadow home secretary and minister for women and equalities

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Slow rise in consumer credit

Manufacturing industry continues to grow strongly, the housing market continues to pick up, but consumer credit is weaker than expected, according to figures released yesterday. The data give the Chancellor of the Exchequer more reason to keep a rise in interest rates on hold when he meets Eddie George, the Governor of the Bank of England, this week.

High risk? Sorry pal, count me out

Yvette Cooper argues that the private insurance market is not yet equipped to handle welfare provision fairly

EMU `delay' fears force banks to defend the lira

Central banks in Italy and Spain were forced to intervene in currency markets yesterday to support the lira and peseta after rumours that Germany was about to announce a delay in the timetable for monetary union.

Tietmeyer underlines German commitment to a strong euro

Yvette Cooper reports on the debate over whether Europe's new currency will be weak or robust

EMU `backed by bond yields'

Bond dealers expect European monetary union to go ahead on time, according to the Bank of England's Governor, Eddie George. Speaking at the Euromoney International Bond Congress in London yesterday, he said: "The fact that yield curves in Germany and France are practically identical is consistent at least with EMU going ahead - at least with a narrow membership."

EMU means `equity boom and forex job cuts'

A report on the implications for the financial markets of a single currency launched yesterday by Reuters news agency claimed that the outlook for equities was "unambiguously bullish".

Labour outlines single currency criteria for joining in 'first wave'

Gordon Brown, Labour's shadow chancellor, yesterday set down five criteria on which a Labour government would decide whether to join a single currency. Speaking in Washington to the US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Mr Brown said: "If the economic conditions are right, we will retain the option of joining ... in the first wave."

Too soon to forecast Emu's extinction

Ministers are hostile, bankers baffled, but monetary union is still on the cards

Lira falls amid doubts over Italy and EMU

The Italian lira and the Spanish peseta both fell heavily against the German mark yesterday, as the confidence of traders and investors in Italy's planned early membership of European Monetary Union (EMU) began to unravel.

So politics isn't sexy ...

So teenagers aren't interested in politics. That's what yet another hand-wringing report said this week. Tell us something new. Politics isn't cool and it isn't sexy. Are we really surprised that young people can come up with something more entertaining to do?
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