News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King's swansong: Markets have got it all wrong

Outgoing Governor says world economy still far too weak to allow interest rate rises

James Moore: Tyrie should carry out his pledge to tackle lobbying without further delay

Outlook When does lobbying become undue influence? Sir Mervyn King certainly appears to feel that the activities of the banks have been straying into the territory of the latter when it comes to their battling against the Bank of England's demands that they hold more capital.

MPs spend £500,000 on business class flights

55 lawmakers have used an expenses loophole to buy business class tickets that cost up to £850 each.

Belu will be supplying water to the Commons and Lords from September

Ethical water, Belu, bound for Parliament

Belu, the social enterprise bottled water company which hands all of its profits to the charity Water Aid, has won a £100,000 contract to supply dining rooms, canteens and select committee meetings at the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Right-wing American speakers planning to join the EDL's Woolwich march 'should be banned from entering the country'

Keith Vaz calls on the Home Secretary to ban the founders of Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defence Initiative who hope to join the EDL's march in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby

M&S recruits two directors after Neville Richardson's departure

Marks & Spencer Bank has replenished its board after the departure of the former Co-op Bank boss Neville Richardson.

BT chief executive Ian Livingston, who will be appointed to the Government as trade minister

Gavin Patterson replaces BT chief Ian Livingston after he quits to take on role as Government trade minister

Former chairman and chief executive of HSBC Lord Green to stand down

We were not leaned on over branch sale, says Lloyds

The bosses of Lloyds Banking Group have denied that they were told by politicians to favour the sale of more than 600 branches to the Co-op over rival bidders.

'Undemocratic' not to have Commons vote before arming rebel fighters in Syria, warns Speaker John Bercow

It would be undemocratic and inappropriate not to have a Commons vote before the Government decided to arm rebel fighters in Syria, Speaker John Bercow said today.

MP poised to launch Bill curbing payday lenders' 'rip-off practices'

A Labour MP is introducing a Private Member's Bill this week to protect people from payday lenders.

Abu Qatada made his request from Belmarsh prison

Abu Qatada's deportation battle costs the UK taxpayer £1.7m

Qatada was convicted of terror charges in his absence in Jordan in 1999

The Prime Minister strongly defended the ending of the EU embargo

PMQs: David Cameron to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in bid to break international deadlock on Syria

Putin appeared to offer some hope that Russian support for the Assad regime might not be open ended

William Hague seeks global action on Syria following talks with John Kerry

William Hague has warned that the international community must be “prepared to do more” to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US secretary of state John Kerry.

Treasury vetoed fund raisings by Lloyds and RBS

The Treasury intervened to prevent the Financial Policy Committee from instructing Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds to raise new equity capital, it emerged in public testimony from a member of the committee yesterday. The revelation is likely to fuel the debate about the political independence of the FPC.

Woolwich murder aftermath: Theresa May praises British-based Islamic group

Home Secretary says there has been increase in attacks directed against Muslim communities since 'horrendous' murder of Drummer Lee Rigby

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