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Edward Snowden, the US intelligence leaker, may soon be filling a ceremonial role in Britain’s academic life. Students at Glasgow University have embarked on a campaign to have him elected as their rector.

Government rejects 'freeze' calls and raises national minimum wage by nearly two per cent, with a new adult rate of £6.31

Calls from business leaders to freeze the national minimum wage were rejected today by the Government which raised its level by nearly two per cent.

Watchdog calls for drastic changes in wake of police commissioner poll turnout fiasco

Just one person in five believed they received enough information to cast an informed vote in last year’s ill-fated contests for the first Police and Crime Commissioners, the elections watchdog said today.

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Rangers keep titles after 'witch-hunt'

Sir David Murray claims Rangers have been the victims of a "retrospective witch-hunt" after a Scottish Premier League-appointed commission found the oldco club guilty of making undisclosed payments to players.

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Rangers will not be stripped of titles over undisclosed payments

Scottish club fined £250,000 following an investigation

Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester speaks to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in London

£8 million a year? That’s modest, says RBS chief

Fury as chairman of shamed bank defends CEO’s remuneration to MPs

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Ousted South Africa ANC youth leader Julius Malema blames police in mine deaths

Miners and their families welcomed expelled politician Julius Malema today as he told the thousands who gathered at the site where 34 miners were killed this week that South African police had no right to fire the live bullets that killed them.

Thousands 'put off by university tuition fees'

Thousands of students are being put off applying to university by the move to triple tuition fees to £9,000, an independent panel has found.

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Consumers will gain new legal rights against misleading and aggressive traders under proposals outlined today.

Adult minimum wage rate to rise

The adult rate of the minimum wage is to rise by 11p to £6.19 an hour from October, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced today.

Plan to curb executive pay 'not enough'

Measures to rein in executive pay announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable do not go far enough, Labour has claimed.

Compulsory council redundancies set to increase

Compulsory redundancies in local councils are set to increase in the next few years as the spending squeeze from central government continues, a report warned today.

David Prosser: The problems with tackling executive pay

There is no doubt that today's report from the High Pay Commission will strike a chord with many people – and not just the increasing numbers of protesters supporting such campaigns as Occupy London. The decoupling ofexecutive pay from the remuneration of the rest of the workforce began well before the credit crunch, but in an age of austerity, widening inequality is all the more divisive.

David Prosser: Ducking the really tough call on tackling executives' runaway remuneration

Outlook: Are we tackling the absolute levels of senior executives' pay, or the way in which that pay is decided?

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