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George Osborne, the Chancellor, wants backing from EU finance ministers before imposing new bank bonus rules, in what is being seen as a further attempt to downplay the Government's "tough on banks" stance in response to City pressure.

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New Conservative peer Howard Flight apologised for attacking Government welfare cuts which he suggested would encourage the poor to have more children.

Cable and Osborne clash over bank bonus reform

The simmering tension over banking policy between the Chancellor, George Osborne, and Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, sparked back into life yesterday after Mr Cable issued a strongly worded statement in response to Mr Osborne's suggestion that some of Britain's proposed banking bonus reforms could be toned down.

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More than one million women in Britain are now unemployed, the highest number since 1988.

Jobless women total hits 22-year high

The number of unemployed women has reached a 22-year high of more than a million prompting warnings tonight of worse to come.

Bank urged to remain calm as inflation rises

Higher fuel prices, more expensive computer games and increasing bank charges pushed inflation higher in October, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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John Cridland was yesterday named the £310,000-a-year voice of British business, when he was appointed to replace Richard Lambert as director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) from January.

Public sector pension contributions may rise £4bn

Public sector workers may have to pay up to £4 billion more a year into their pension schemes following a consultation on the way their contributions are calculated, it emerged today.

G20 leaders urged to impose Robin Hood tax on banks

An alliance of 183 organisations from 42 countries today issued a plea to world leaders to impose a tax on financial transactions to help meet the costs of the economic crisis and support developing nations.

Vince Cable intervenes in News Corp BSkyB bid

Business Secretary Vince Cable today said he was intervening in News Corp's £12 billion bid to take control of broadcasting giant BSkyB and would refer the plans to regulator Ofcom.

Every UK company to offer pensions under new rules

All UK companies will have to offer their staff a pension from 2012, the Government announced today.

Margareta Pagano: If Osborne is clever, he'll spread a little sunshine

The Chancellor's cuts have been broadly well-received by business, but now he must prove he is more than just a slasher and help regions most in need

Village People: Lacking scruples has almost nothing to do with lacking manhood

The expenses furore was "misogynistic" because "women took a much bigger hit than the men", says Nadine Dorries, the Tory MP who confessed to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner that her blog is "70 per cent fiction and 30 per cent fact" and relies heavily on "poetic licence".

City shrugs its shoulders as bank levy is unveiled

The City barely shrugged yesterday despite the Government's publication of draft legislation to take £2.5bn a year from banks through the banking levy.

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Britain's banks will pay an extra £2.5 billion in tax a year by 2012 under draft legislation published today in a Government move to repair some of the damage caused by their role in the financial crisis.

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