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The 31-year-old admitted two counts of mortgage fraud

'Only two bids for Lloyds branches'

Lloyds Banking Group has received only two bids for the 632 branches it has put up for sale, which could force it to demerge them instead, it was reported today.

Money Insider: A tip for students - keep your sensible hat nearby

with this year's A-level results set to be announced on 18 August, students will soon be busy making their university arrangements ready for the autumn. One area that they'll need to consider is which bank account to choose before they set off for life at college.

World Cup attracts venue bids from across the country

The Rugby League has received applications from 25 towns and cities to stage matches in the 2013 World Cup. The 14-team tournament has attracted bids from all the major heartland areas, as well as from other centres, like Bolton and Bristol.

Mixed car and home sales data point to pause on QE

Mixed signals from the housing and new car markets reinforced market expectations that the Bank of England will leave interest rates on hold at 0.5 per cent and continue to pause its quantitative easing (QE) programme when it unveils its next move at noon today.

House prices showed slight increase last month

House prices increased slightly last month, according to the bank Halifax, although the market still faces "significant headwinds" as household finances come under pressure.

Matterson to quit as Castleford coach

Castleford are looking for a new coach following Terry Matterson's confirmation that he is leaving at the end of the season.

New Lloyds boss slashes 15,000 jobs in shake-up

Lloyds banking Group's new chief executive swung the axe yesterday, announcing 15,0000 job cuts on top of the 28,000 already made at the state-backed bank in the past two years.

Home prices post worst annual slump since 2009

Property prices slumped 4.2 per cent in the last year. The average home saw £6,688 shaved off its value – £18.32 a day – according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

Britain to become a nation of renters

Millions of young adults 'will never be able to afford their own homes'

House prices come under pressure as demand falls in May

Demand for housing fell in May for the first time in three months putting downward pressure on house prices once again, according to the latest survey of estate agents by Hometrack.

Howard quits Halifax after bank decides his face no longer fits

After being propelled from a high street branch to billboards and television screens, Howard has left the bank that made him a household name.

Cost of running a home rises again

The cost of running a home has risen to its highest level since 2008 on the back of soaring utility bills, research indicated today.

Rising energy bills drive up cost of running a home

Soaring energy bills have pushed the cost of running a home to its highest level in three years, despite record low interest rates and the fact that average mortgage costs are almost £1,000 less than they were three years ago.

Jobcentre posts at risk, says union

Thousands of jobs are under threat after the Government's biggest department announced plans to close a number of Jobcentre Plus offices, union leaders warned today.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

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Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?