News Head of St Mary’s, Mike Kennedy, aims for ‘all-comers’

The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

Employment and planning laws 'should favour firms'

Employment and planning laws should be overhauled in favour of companies to kickstart the economy, business leaders told the Government today.

Brendan Barber: The union man who won't use a megaphone

The TUC general secretary tells James Moore why softly-softly tactics are needed as the Coalition wields the axe

George Osborne 'might fail to pay off deficit by election'

Chancellor George Osborne risks missing his target of eliminating Britain's national deficit by the next general election because of below-par growth and "formidable" difficulties delivering cuts, a respected economic thinktank warned today.

TUC plans huge central London anti-cuts march

A demonstration against the Government's spending cuts is set to be the biggest union event in decades, the TUC has predicted.

Cameron and Osborne seek to move the agenda forward

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and George Osborne, the Chancellor, yesterday sought to put the two biggest economic controversies of the Coalition Government's term in office behind them, insisting that their austerity measures would not derail the recovery and that Britain's banks would play their part in seeing the upturn accelerate.

Cameron and Osborne vow to stick with cuts

David Cameron and George Osborne today insisted they would stick to their spending cuts programme despite deepening economic gloom and renewed threats of coordinated strike action.

Keith Faulkner: Trade unionist and TUC stalwart for more than three decades

Keith Faulkner was one of the stalwarts of the Trades Union Congress, where he made his name as an organiser of events and conferences, as well as running rallies, demonstrations and festivals. A taciturn, straightforward man of few words, unless they were needed, Faulkner worked for the TUC for over 30 years. He joined as a press officer mainly responsible for design, working firstly under the flamboyant former European Union PR Brian Murphy and then under Brendan Barber, who would eventually become TUC general secretary. At that time, the TUC was coming to the end of its partnership with the Labour Government, which was to split open with the "winter of discontent".

One in five young people out of work as jobless total hits 2.5m

Unemployment in Britain has surged by 49,000 to nearly 2.5 million, including one in every five young people – putting the number of 16- to 24-year-olds out of work at close to a million, the highest since records of youth unemployment were first kept in 1992.

What does Cameron's 'massive gamble' with the NHS mean for us?

As the most radical shake-up of Britain's public healthcare begins, Oliver Wright examines its ideology, finances – and impact

Last-quarter drop will hit Goldman staff payouts

Goldman Sachs posted a rare set of disappointing financial results yesterday, and signalled that the investment bank's average employee would be getting a 13 per cent lower bonus this year.

Goldman Sachs rewards staff with £9.6bn

Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs revealed today that staff earned a total of 15.4 billion US dollars (£9.6 billion) in pay and bonuses last year - equivalent to around £270,000 per employee.

UK jobless total rises again to 2.5 million

Unemployment has soared by 49,000 to 2.5 million, with a record number of young people out of work, new figures showed today.

I will go where Blair feared to tread, says PM

David Cameron pledged to succeed where Tony Blair failed yesterday as he launched a new phase of the Coalition Government's sweeping plans to reform public services.

We cannot afford not to reform NHS, says David Cameron

The Government cannot afford to delay essential reform of Britain's public services, David Cameron warned today.

Boss of state-owned Lloyds gets £2m bonus – six weeks before he quits

The controversy over bankers' bonuses intensified yesterday as it emerged that the Lloyds chief executive, Eric Daniels, is likely receive a £2m bonus – close to his £2.3m maximum – before he leaves the taxpayer-backed bank on 1 March.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert