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Savers will be offered pensions “with expensive, and confusing fees”, following a dramatic climbdown by the pensions minister, Steve Webb, over charges.

Needham: she went on to fight charges for home helps, and day-centre closures

Ivy Needham: Campaigner who was awarded an MBE for her efforts to claw back millions of pounds for the Maxwell pensioners

Ivy Needham was in her late sixties and coming to terms with the loss of both her sight and hearing when she was thrust into the forefront of the campaign to get back the pension funds stolen by Robert Maxwell from his staff and from pensioners who had worked for his companies.

Tory MP calls police on handful of retired constituents delivering petition against lobbying bill 'gagging law'

A handful of retired constituents delivering their local MP a petition might not sound the most terrifying of prospects, but it prompted one Tory politician to call for police protection.

Head of under-fire prisons firm paid £3.6m

The head of the prisons operator criticised after an 84-year-old dementia sufferer died in handcuffs in one of its immigration centres earned $6m (£3.6m) last year, The Independent has learnt.

In his New Year message, John Cridland will insist that firms need to offer employees the chance of progressing in their careers

CBI boss calls on companies to pay staff more than minimum wage

The head of the CBI will today call for companies to start paying their staff more, saying the large number of people working for the minimum wage is a “serious challenge” that business and the Government must address.

Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

Hall’s world title provides an uplifting end to a tough year for British boxers

Stuart Hall fought on without any sight in his left eye to claim the bantamweight title on Saturday

The retailer says it was easier for John Spedan Lewis to give his company to staff in 1929 than for philanthropists to do the same today

Sir Charlie Mayfield: In for an early Christmas present?

John Lewis's chairman hopes the Chancellor will be more hare than bear when he makes his Autumn Statement

Peers in the House of Lords are threatening to delay the Bill for three months

Tories put Lobbying Bill on hold over fears of embarrassing defeat in House of Lords

Climbdown viewed as ‘humiliating’ after MPs claimed vested interests were being let off the hook

Ed Miliban has pledged to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months if Labour wins power

Energy rip-off: 'Big Six' firms too close to ministers, says Ed Miliband

Labour plans to rein in energy lobbyists as analysis shows ministers have met with energy giants five times more often than with consumer groups

Following intense lobbying from Philip Morris International, right-wing MEPs have tabled a series of amendments that would gut the directive of its most far-reaching proposals

Philip Morris accused of applying ‘intense pressure’ on MEPs ahead of vote on banning some cigarettes

Tobacco giant ‘spent over €1m lobbying MEPs’ before key vote

Inside Westminster: Our political conferences have turned into glorified trade fairs

Companies are paying political parties millions for access to their MPs

Want to know how Ed Miliband can avoid future Falkirks?

Primaries – they pay for themselves and the majority of Labour supporters would take part

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.

TUC's general secretary, Frances O'Grady, claims there is 'unprecedented' unity among unions

Unions plan to take on Coalition with a wave strikes in defiance of the lobbying Bill

TUC general secretary, Frances O'Grady, blames the threat of industrial action on a Government that is 'out of touch'

Report calls for withdrawal of Government's lobbying reforms

Plans by the Government to overhaul lobbying laws are “seriously flawed” and should be delayed by up to half a year so that they can be improved, a cross party report concluded yesterday.

MPs have been accused of limiting freedom of expression and 'gagging' charities and campaigners with a controversial new bill

Lobbying Bill threatens freedom of speech, warns electoral body

The Bill cuts the amount groups can spend before elections from £989,000 to £390,000

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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