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Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

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Final Iain Banks book The Quarry published as writers prepare tribute at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Crime writers Ian Rankin and Val McDermid will pay tribute to the late Iain Banks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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The Foreign Secretary will appear before the House of Commons tomorrow to try to allay concerns about the Prism spy scheme which enables the USA’s spy agency to mine data from Facebook and other web companies

The inquiry into Shuart Hall's (pictured) crimes will be separate from the one into Jimmy Savile's

BBC launches 'freestanding investigation' into behaviour of disgraced ex-star Stuart Hall

The inquiry will be separate from Dame Janet Smith's investigation into Jimmy Savile's crimes

BBC will not hold separate inquiry on Hall

There will not be a separate inquiry into how the disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall was able to abuse his victims while working at the BBC, the chairman of the Corporation's trust has said. Lord Patten said instead a review into the Jimmy Savile scandal by Dame Janet Smith would also investigate how Hall – who has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls during the 1960s, 70s and 80s – gained access to his victims.

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Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, on the BBC's Andrew Marr show this morning

Labour promise welfare changes with emphasis on contributory principle

Shadow ministers Liam Byrne and Harriet Harman says 'work should pay'

Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday

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Broadcaster Eddie Mair has dismissed reports that he could be in line for Jeremy Paxman's Newsnight job following his gruelling inquisition of Boris Johnson.

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The Mayor took his grilling by Eddie Mair with the kind of grace few MPs possess

Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday
Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday

Boris Johnson puts his troubles behind him after Eddie Mair grilling – as his father Stanley launches war of words on BBC

Stanley Johnson calls interview with his son a ‘disgusting piece of journalism

Boris Johnson seen immediately after his interview with Eddie Mair

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Move will be a major boost to the UK’s elderly population

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Cable warns Hammond to cut Trident not welfare

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, today declared himself a member of the so-called “National Union of Ministers” vehemently opposing cuts to their departmental budgets.

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Andrew Marr leaves hospital following stroke

Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, 53, has left hospital two months after suffering a stroke.

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