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No time should be wasted asking them to reform – just do it

Barclays rubbishes rumours of RBS-style rights issue

Barclays Bank has ridiculed suggestions that it is planning an imminent rights issue, as it attempts to draw a clear line between its own position and that of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Bertie Smalls: Armed robber turned supergrass

Bertie Smalls was one of Britain's most prolific armed robbers who, through an act of self-preservation, succeeded in changing the way in which the British police dealt with serious crime. After many years as a professional criminal, he helped create a legal precedent by giving up the cream of London's armed robbers in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Identity fraudster steals £10,000 from Barclays boss

When Marcus Agius was appointed as the £800,000-a-year chairman of Barclays Bank, he was lauded for his ability to pull off financial coups. It is unlikely that falling foul of a conman who persuaded Britain's third biggest bank to issue a credit card in his name and then stole £10,000 is the sort of spectacular deal that Mr Agius had in mind.

Barclays faces call for City inquiry over German bank's losses

Barclays Bank is set to become the subject of an official complaint to the main City regulator after investors lost hundreds of millions of pounds on controversial credit derivatives sold by the bank just as the dot.com bubble began to burst.

Barclays Bank shuts down BNP accounts

Barclays Bank has closed accounts used by the British National Party after a BBC documentary showed followers of the right-wing group confessing to racist hate crime.

The Player: Banking on people to win

PERSONAL DETAILS: Aged 56. Lives in London during the week and Northamptonshire at weekends. Drives a BMW 7-Series. Outside work, his interests include music and theatre. He has played the violin since school and is a non-executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a trustee of the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Mr Ellwood was paid a total of pounds 739,000 in 1998, including a salary of pounds 475,000.

Barclays shares rise on upbeat trading report

SHARES IN Barclays Bank rose sharply yesterday after the first trading statement since the appointment of Matthew Barrett as chief executive showed tight cost control and continued growth in fee and commission income.

Byers may halt cash machine charges

THE GOVERNMENT threatened to intervene yesterday to stop high street banks and building societies charging customers pounds 1 for every cash withdrawal from rivals' machines.

Leading Article: The greedy banks must not exclude the poor

BARCLAYS BANK would like to charge a pounds 1 fee to customers of other banks who use Barclays' automated teller machines to take cash out of their accounts. There is a Yiddish word for this sort of effrontery: chutzpah. First the banks take our money to swell their ability to make loans, then they charge us for access to it.

Smart Moves: Talk to your client without the gimmicks

Exhibitions can be an excellent and economic way of promoting your products and your business. The key objective is not usually to close sales but to identify sales leads that can be followed up later.

Personal Finance: The cashpoint war continues apace

When Barclays took the lid off Pandora's box it did us a favour; it exposed a network of greedy charges

Nationwide is to sue Barclays over charges

THE NATIONWIDE Building Society threatened to sue Barclays Bank yesterday over its plans to charge millions of customers from rival banks a pounds 1 fee for using its 3,200 cash machines.

Taylor named as chairman at WHS

MARTIN TAYLOR, who quit as chief executive of Barclays Bank last year, began his corporate comeback yesterday when he was named as non- executive chairman of high street retailer WH Smith.

Barclays faces $100m Iridium hit

BARCLAYS BANK is facing a potential exposure of $100m (pounds 62m) following the collapse of Iridium, the satellite telephone venture that filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US last week.

Which Way 99: student file: leading the way

high-flying black and Asian students are finding new ways to bridge the gap between university and the workplace thanks to the Windsor Fellowship
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up