Castle may quit over pensions `farce'

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Baroness Castle yesterday threatened to resign from Labour's pensions policy review body. Arguing that October's conference had been hoodwinked by the promise of a review, she told the BBC's Breakfast With Frost programme that "I shall not indefinitely go on lending myself to a farce."

Lady Castle, who sat in the last Wilson cabinet, wants Labour to reinstate its commitment to a restoration of the link between pensions and earnings. But Harriet Harman, the frontbench spokeswoman, said Labour's pensions policy was passed by conference. Anthony Bevins