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

Gartmore boss to depart with £5m pay-off after rescue deal

The spectre of rewards for failure returned to haunt the City yesterday as it emerged that Gartmore chief executive Jeffrey Meyer will depart from the company with a £5m pay-off after its rescue by rival Henderson for £335m – £465m less than the company was worth when it floated on the London Stock Exchange.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband cross swords over bonuses

David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed over bankers' bonuses in the House of Commons today, as the Labour leader accused the Prime Minister of applying "one rule for the banks and another for everybody else".

Staff morale warning over bosses' pay rises

Bosses getting huge pay rises while workers have their wages squeezed is a recipe for "desperately low morale" in companies, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber warned today.

Demonstration over Government cuts planned

Unions are gearing up for a demonstration in the spring against the Government's massive cuts in public spending, predicting it will be a "huge" national event.

Reconciliation, annihilation, terrorism: leaders' New Year messages

The leader of North Korea held out a rare olive branch in his New Year message yesterday calling for a "lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula. However, Kim Jong-il tempered the goodwill by warning that his country's military would also continue to prepare itself for fighting through "prompt, merciless and annihilatory action".

Quotas for boardroom women all but ruled out

The former banker investigating ways to get more women executives appointed to Britain's boardrooms will today give his strongest indication yet that quotas have been ruled out.

Miliband attacks cuts in New Year address

Ed Miliband is warning Britons to be braced for the pain of deep spending cuts – and accuses Coalition ministers of being callous in how they wield the axe.

Banks set to pay lower taxes than UK consumers

Consumers could soon be paying a higher tax rate than the UK's biggest banks, following changes to corporation tax and VAT in 2011, according to the Trades Union Congress.

Business calls to delay changes to retirement age

Business leaders today urged the Government to delay planned changes to the retirement age, warning that firms faced "huge uncertainty" and greater risk of tribunal claims if they went ahead.

Village People: Career paths for young 'thugs'

While David Cameron and other Conservatives are understandably outraged by the vandalism that accompanied Thursday's student protest, let us not run away with the idea that the anti-Tory left has a monopoly on hooliganism dressed up as political activity.

Government is going soft on banks, warn campaigners

Campaigners accused the Government of "going soft" on banks as it unveiled details of its £2.5bn banking levy.

Number of young on dole has quadrupled

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has increased fourfold since before the recession. Young people claiming jobseeker's allowance jumped from 5,840 in 2008 to more than 25,800 this year, according to a report by the Prince's Trust and RBS.

'Maximum pay multiple' urged for public sector

A review of fair pay in the public sector today suggested top executives should not be paid more than 20 times the wages of other staff.

Tube workers set for another 24-hour strike

Thousands of London Underground workers will start a 24-hour strike tonight, threatening travel disruption for commuters and other passengers.

Cameron hit by class war as new peer says benefits are 'incentive to breed'

David Cameron's judgment was called into question last night after a new Conservative peer was forced to apologise over remarks that benefit cuts would encourage "breeding" among the poor.

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

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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

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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

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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
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

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