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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.

Minimum wage rates to rise

The Government today confirmed increases to the national minimum wage, which will see the adult rate rise to £5.93 an hour in October.

Ben Summerskill: Some will say he tried to use his sexuality to explain away a controversial expenses claim

David Laws said he'd been in a relationship with someone else since 2001 and he went on to pay them rent. On the face of it – and it's ultimately a matter for the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to determine – it was a clear breach of the expenses regime and didn't seem to have anything to do with his sexual orientation.

Queen's Speech at a glance

These are the main features of the Government programme set out in today's Queen's Speech:

Government vows voting reforms will 'transform politics'

The Government today promised a series of reforms "to transform politics" - including five-year fixed parliaments, a referendum on a new voting system and cutting the number of MPs.

MPs' days of cheap food and drink are numbered

Their second homes are no more and their first-class rail tickets have been confiscated. But thanks to the subsidised bars, cafés and restaurants in the Palace of Westminster, at least MPs were still able to console themselves with a cut-price pint and a main course of braised rabbit for little more than a fiver.

Banks to miss out on PPI sales as watchdog unveils ban

High street banks are set to lose an important source of income after regulators insisted yesterday they would press ahead with tough new restrictions on the sale of payment protection insurance (PPI).

Council pays the price for Edlington torture horror

Doncaster local authority threatened with government intervention after withering report

Cherie Booth rejects claims she made money from Gurkhas

Former prime minister's wife worked for 'less than half her normal fee'

Citigroup bosses under fire for role in credit meltdown

US inquiry says bank's senior members 'lost their grip' during financial crisis

How Brown could still be laughing all the way back to Downing Street

The polls suggest that the Prime Minister is doomed. So what can he do to turn it around? We asked the experts

Dominic Lawson: It's not enough for Cameron to be the anybody-but-Gordon candidate

Did wishy-washiness turn millions of voters from Labour to the Tories in 1979?

Government cutbacks could wipe out 25 per cent of charities

Sector faces disaster as contracts for public funding come to an end

Third of town hall chiefs get a golden goodbye

A third of town hall chiefs walk away with a golden goodbye worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, according to a survey by the local government spending watchdog.

Equalities watchdog chief Trevor Phillips 'tried to influence inquiry'

Trevor Phillips, head of the Equalities Commission, is facing an investigation into whether he tried to “nobble” a parliamentary inquiry into his work.

Anthony Seldon: To aspire is human. To live for money, crazy

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