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Speaker ignores calls to stand down

Speaker Michael Martin faced direct calls for him to quit today over the Westminster expenses scandal but refused to give any indication if he would step down.

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Former RBS chairman says the bank had no discretion over the size of the chief executive's payout

Goodwin attack is 'only the beginning'

Security at the homes of current and former senior executives at the Royal Bank of Scotland was being tightened yesterday after vandals staged a pre-dawn attack on the Edinburgh home of Sir Fred Goodwin and said it was "just the beginning" of a campaign against wealthy financiers.

Goodwin's pension could have been halved, RBS admits

The £700,000-a-year pension being paid to Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, could have been cut to £416,000 a year, MPs were told yesterday.

Ex-RBS chief's pension unacceptable, says Brown

Gordon Brown today voiced his "anger" over the £693,000-a-year pension awarded to the former boss of Royal Bank of Scotland Sir Fred Goodwin, which the Prime Minister described as "unjustifiable and unacceptable".

Jeremy Warner: Myners cited in Goodwin row

Outlook The row over Sir Fred Goodwin's pension is proving as much an embarrassment for the Government as it is for Sir Fred. "I know", some bright spark at the Treasury must have thought. "Let's completely overshadow one of the most important and high-risk policy initiatives of the modern age by leaking a bit more banker-bashing to the BBC". Fred's pension must have seemed just the ticket, demonstrating beyond dispute what greed-fuelled rogues all those bankers really were. If that was the idea, the plan has certainly succeeded, though probably not in quite the way intended.

Ex-RBS chief should renounce pension, says Darling

Former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin's £650,000 pension was neither negotiated nor approved by the Government, Chancellor Alistair Darling said today.

Story of the Song - River Deep, Mountain High, Ike & Tina Turner (1966)

Ike and Tina Turner's Archive Series, a six-CD round-up of studio takes and alternative cuts, goes behind the wall of sound on one of the pair's enduring classics.

Recession drills deep into oil and gas

Industry in crisis

M&S to cut 1,230 jobs and close 27 stores

Rose says 'no regrets' about discounts as he reveals cost-cutting plan

M&S plans to close 27 small stores

High street giant Marks & Spencer today unveiled its worst sales figures for almost a decade and plans to axe up to 1,230 jobs.

Rachel: Police honey trap put wrong man in dock

Under intense pressure to catch Rachel Nickell's killer, detectives resorted to unconventional tactics.

Shiny happy people: Putting on the glitz with sequins

Disco divas and cruise-ship crooners love sequins – and now fashion designers are putting on the glitz, too. Harriet Walker reports on the camp comeback

Lives Remembered: Roy Lauder Cunningham

My cousin-in-law Roy Lauder Cunningham, who died on 4 August, his 63rd birthday, was an uncommon civil servant. Equally at ease with the Lord Chancellor as he was with the most junior clerk, he earned a reputation as an exceptional manager, team builder and role model for a public servant. He will be remembered particularly for his work at the Department of Health on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in 1989, where he led the team of policy officials involved in the complexities of its preparation and parliamentary stages. He often quoted the advice of his early mentor, James McGuiness: "Forget the mechanics. Find something new."

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