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Westminster Outlook: North of the border, BAE builds an array of warships for the Ministry of Defence

Is British industry the new financial services?

Manufacturing is back on the political agenda, but it will be tough turning rhetoric into reality

BAE protesters win SFO injunction

The Serious Fraud Office was yesterday barred from closing its corruption investigation into the arms manufacturer BAE Systems after two charities won an injunction forcing the High Court to consider a judicial review of the decision to settle the case.

Campaigners challenge BAE plea bargain decision

Serious Fraud Office director Richard Alderman faced a High Court challenge today over his decision to agree a plea bargain with BAE Systems.

Christine Pratt: The chequered past and tangled present of woman at the centre of the bullying storm

Before she entered the public eye in spectacular fashion on Sunday night, announcing that her charity had received calls from distressed staff working in Gordon Brown's office, most people had never heard of Christine Pratt.

US contract loss torpedoes BAE profits

Defence giant BAE Systems today said profits had been torpedoed by the loss of a key US contract and hefty fines to settle bribery allegations.

VT ups offer for Mouchel and fends off Babcock bid

While VT Group was revving up its campaign to take over Mouchel yesterday, rival Babcock International was circling VT itself.

VT plans third bid for Mouchel

VT Group is expected to increase its takeover offer for Mouchel in a third attempt to get its support services rival around the negotiating table.

Business Diary: Walsh speaks the lingo with his new friends

It's good to see our captains of industry working on their language skills in this globalised age. Asked at a party about the progress of talks with Iberia, British Airways boss Willie Walsh answered that he was getting on well with his Spanish colleagues. When will a final deal be announced? "Mañana," Walsh replied. The perfect use of the word, given the age the negotiations have been dragging on for already.

BAE axes 230 jobs at submarine site

BAE Systems plans to axe up to 230 jobs at a submarine site following a review of its business, the company announced today.

Sound familiar? The BAE scandal, and the parallels with the Iraq war

An Attorney General who suddenly switches his legal advice, a Prime Minister desperate to please a foreign power, Clare Short fuming on the sidelines, and the truth shrouded in mystery...

BAE Systems pays $400m to settle bribery charges

Shares rise after BAE says settlement 'draws a solid line' under past legal issues

Market Report: Contagion strikes fear into financial stocks

The FTSE 100 was rocked for a second day as the debt contagion gripped the European markets.

Shares hit by European debt fears

European debt fears sent the FTSE 100 Index hurtling back towards the 5000 mark today in a second straight session of heavy losses.

The arms giant dogged by corruption claims

BAE Systems will hope today's settlements with UK and US authorities have finally put to bed corruption claims that have dogged the British arms giant for years.

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