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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.

Taxi! MPs' expenses watchdog took taxpayers for a £16,000 ride

Sir Ian Kennedy earned £170,000 a year, but that wasn't enough. He needed a cab to get to and from work

BBC 'failed to show value for money on big events'

The BBC has failed to show that its coverage of major sporting and music events provides the best possible value for money, a National Audit Office (NAO) report found today.

Attempt to close gender pay gap

Firms that check and publish any difference in pay between male and female staff will receive limited immunity from investigation, the equalities commission announced today.

Home can be a lifeline for debt-laden pensioners

A charity is offering free equity-release advice as more over-sixties appeal for help with large debts. Alessia Horwich and Julian knight report

MPs call for curb on top earners after supertax flops

Commons motion demands a 'high pay commission'

EC action backs 3.7% rise for civil servants

The European Commission has launched court action over EU government plans to block a 3.7 per cent pay rise for thousands of highly paid civil servants.

Pay deals for public sector fat cats need justifying, say MPs

All-party committee recommends commission to scrutinise highly paid posts

Michael Brown: A great divide looms: MPs who have – and those who have not

The expenses saga could leave us with the two-tier system of a century ago

Charities forced to merge or lay off staff as economic crisis hits their funding

Services for the most vulnerable are in jeopardy as donations dry up

Scottish Parliament may win greater tax powers

The Scottish Parliament may be given the power to vary income tax by up to 10p in the pound, the Government will announce today.

City pay culture has spread to charities, union says

Research shows that more than 50 bosses earn in excess of £100,000

Party faces fine for filing accounts late

The BNP is facing a fine of up to £5,000 by electoral watchdogs for failing to file its accounts on time, amid claims the far-right party is in financial crisis.

MPs could have salaries docked over expenses

Watchdog is also considering a complete ban on politicians employing members of their families

New twist in hunt for ITV chief

ITV's succession saga took a new turn today as the broadcaster revealed its hunt for a chief executive had disintegrated and said Michael Grade would step down as chairman.

Cameron vows to slash pay, perks and MPs

David Cameron laid down the gauntlet to Gordon Brown today by pledging to slash pay, perks and costs at Westminster.

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