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BBC independence at risk from NAO regulation, warns James Purnell

The BBC’s journalistic independence could be threatened if the National Audit Office (NAO) is allowed to investigate the corporation at will, James Purnell, the former minister who became a high-profile BBC recruit, has warned.

CML pours cold water on hot house prices

Mortgage lenders waded into the debate over the state of Britain's housing market yesterday, as the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) claimed that talk of a new boom was "premature".

'Rock the boat' for equality: Baroness Lawrence addresses the TUC conference

The mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by racists, has urged workers to speak up in offices and factories to tackle inequality.

No summer love-in for Ed Miliband as the union dinosaurs bite back

Inside Westminster: The dinosaurs want to preserve their ossified structures, and their power in the Labour Party

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

Savile abuse caused by the authorities 'burying their heads in the sand', says police chief

A lack of leadership from responsible authorities led to child abusers Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith and Stuart Hall getting away with their crimes for so long, a police chief said today.

Ed Miliband is expected to raise the stakes in his battle with the trade unions

Ed Miliband tells unions: Labour's funding reforms could create a Labour party of 500,000 members

The Labour leader will tell his union critics they are denying a ‘real voice’ to members

New TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady

‘Money given to Labour by unions is the cleanest in British politics’ says TUC’s Frances O’Grady

The cleanest money in British politics is the subscriptions that trade unions collect from their members and pass to the Labour party, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady claims.

Rob Marchant: Revamping Labour's union ties could help Ed Miliband

Some activists see Blairite diehards trying to ‘break the link’ – but this is at best paranoid

Bob Crow: 'The surge in planned industrial actions across sectors, including fire, post, transport and education gives us the ideal foundation which to make good the trade union movement’s commitment to co-ordinated and generalised strike action'

TUC conference: Delegates call for co-ordinated industrial action over pay and zero hour contracts

Pressure is building for co-ordinated industrial action on pay, jobs and conditions as workers are caught in the “eye of a storm”, the TUC conference in Bournemouth was told on Sunday.

The Labour leader is preparing to defy calls for him to deliver a personal apology to Unite and two of its officials at the TUC conference this Tuesday

Special report: Ed Miliband's union attack ill-informed – but he's not sorry

Pressure grows on Labour leader to express regret to Unite, as it emerges just two complaints sparked Falkirk row

Thousands of 'well-dressed' women are dying from strokes as doctors think they look healthy

Thousands of women are dying from strokes, as doctors miss heart failure symptoms because they are too well groomed and look healthier than they actually are, claims new French research.

Nick Clegg is under pressure to set out a more distinctive economic policy

Nick Clegg under pressure from activists to distance Lib Dems from 'Osbornomics' pursued by the Coalition

Pressure group want leadership to differentiate from Conservatives

Who is missing at Jackson Hole? For the first time in 25 years, the chairman of the Fed will be absent from the annual economic symposium

Back in 2010, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, used his speech at the annual economic symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to signal the American central bank's willingness to adopt additional stimulus measures, paving the way for a second round of quantitative easing.

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