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Six banks were fined, including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), for trying to manipulate foreign-currency prices are a stark reminder of the need for sweeping changes

MPs warn Government not to allow ‘dilution’ of banking reforms

MPs and peers have warned the Government not to allow banks to dilute planned reforms drawn up to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis.

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Labour 'can't win election' unless it spells out plan to cut deficit, Ed Miliband warned

Former adviser warns ‘negative’ message about cost of living puts off wealthy voters

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Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg oppose TV debate with Greens

Labour and the Lib Dems claim David Cameron is backing the Greens’ involvement because he does not really want the debates to go ahead

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Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'

Ex-Conservative leader says Britain faces a 'lesser future' if it leaves the EU

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Cameron wants Jihadi John alive to 'face justice' as reports claim Isis militant is injured

The British Isis militant is believed to be in hospital after being wounded in airstrikes

All political parties plan to focus on childcare costs in the election run-up

No internet, no child tax break: 200,000 families are likely to miss out because they do not have access to the web

One in 10 families entitled to the benefit will have difficulty claiming it, a minister admits
A displaced Kurdish child at Suruc, on the Turkish-Syrian border

British failure to take Syrian refugees is 'neglect of duty,' says shadow Home Secretary

Yvette Cooper says 'the Government should be ashamed of its failure to support some of the most vulnerable people in the world'
The FCA has imposed £1.1bn in fines on five banks over forex trading practices

Forex scandal: Crooked banks' fines 'should go to charity,' says Acevo chief

Head of volunteers' organisation says money from the rate-fixing scandal could fill the funding gap left by government cuts
Michael Cashman, Baron Cashman CBE, former actor and Labour Politician pictured at his home in Limehouse in London, U.K., on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Michael Cashman: The rainbow warrior

Stardom, power, heartbreak, and now crowned Britain's most influential LGBT figure... but the Labour peer says there's so much still to do
Edward Timpson, the minister for Children and Families, said: 'The new Adoption Support Fund will be a vital lifeline for many adoptive families'

Adoptive families given a helping hand by new £20m support fund

The money will pay for behavioural therapy, play and music to help girls and boys come to terms with adoption
Dozens of Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs will back an amendment to the Small Business Bill, which allows landlords leasing pubs from large companies to have their rent independently reviewed

Breaking the breweries: Pub landlords want rent independently reviewed to ensure it is fair

Dozens of MPs to back an amendment to the Small Business Bill
A UKIP office in Rochester. Rochester and Strood will hold a by-election on November 20th following the defection of Conservative Party Member of Parliament, Mark Reckless to UKIP

Rochester by-election: The gloves are off as the Tories and Ukip do battle by the Medway

The Kentish town has always gone its own way, and this week's ballot is its chance to scoff at the establishment
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G20 summit: Britain snubs international union campaign on jobs and wages

David Cameron snubbed international trade unions at the G20 summit in Brisbane this weekend – even though jobs tops the agenda and other centre-right leaders have met them.

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday gives Labour a four-point lead over the Conservatives

Ed Miliband leadership turmoil was 'Labour's four-year itch', MP says

Voters think he is more in touch, as our new poll shows
Ukip’s deputy chairman and communities spokesperson Suzanne Evans is one of the rising stars of the party

Eurosceptic and male? Join the Peter Party!

Ukip's 2015 candidate list is rich in Peters and Davids while fewer than 10 per cent are female
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Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin