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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.

David Prosser: It's only half-time in the battle against the banks

Outlook: Much of the criticism that Sir John Vickers' report faced yesterday concerned his failure to do something he was never asked to do – prevent bank failures

More fathers jailed over child support

Prison terms increasingly given for maintenance debts, but critics say policy is counterproductive

Minimum wage is on the rise

The national minimum wage is to increase by 15p to £6.08 per hour from October. The below inflation rise of 2.5 per cent, which matches the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission, was criticised as "modest" by TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

Gay couple end hotel payout claim

A homosexual couple who successfully sued the Christian owners of a hotel who refused them a bed are withdrawing a claim for more compensation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said today.

Mary Ann Sieghart: We've been blackmailed long enough

In other walks of life, people take pride in their work because of what they do, not because of what they are paid

Player at heart of betting scandal reveals illegal gambling is rife

Andy Mangan, who served FA ban, says envy of Premier League lifestyle drives corrupt practices in lower divisions

Simon Read: If you want some financial advice, don't go to the bank

Barclays announced this week that it is to stop offering customers financial advice in branches. That's bad news for the 1,000 or so members of staff who may lose their jobs as a result, but it's without doubt good news for consumers. Why? Because banks have long since been the wrong place to turn to for decent financial advice.

Apprentice contestant avoids jail

A former contestant in Lord Sugar's hit The Apprentice was given a suspended sentence for fraud today.

Dire state of care homes for the elderly is only going to get worse, says top inspector

Head of Care Quality Commission says spending cuts will severely harm an already ailing system

Headhunters: A Survival Guide

Looking for a new job, Juliet McShannon learnt the hard way how to get the best out of recruitment consultants

Doorstep lenders 'make money out of misery'

Campaigners call for tougher regulation of the home credit and loans industry, which charges interest of up to 400 per cent a year

Put your home to work

From renting your house to a film studio to selling off a patch of garden, Kate Hilpern finds clever ways for homeowners to beat the downturn – and plunder their properties' untapped earning potential

For richer, but not necessarily for poorer – pre-nups to become law

Spectacular divorce battles like that which ensued after the break-up of Sir Paul McCartney and the model Heather Mills, costing the former Beatle £24.3m, are expected to be consigned to history after the Law Commission produces its long-awaited report on "pre nup" agreements next week.

The Sketch: It's enough to make you feel sorry for them...

She'd been called a thief by an elector in her constituency, "and if I'd been a man I would have punched him in the face because I'm not a thief!" No, but Anne Clwyd would have been guilty of assault, affray – and ABH if she was any good at punching.

Editor-At-Large: Mess with my GP's practice, Mr Lansley? Over my dead body!

Andrew Lansley is fast shaping up as my least favourite government minister. Obsessed with cutting costs in the NHS, his latest wheeze is to commission a report that proposes all GP patient appointments could be handled by call centres which would also issue repeat prescriptions.

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