The mistake resulted in the share price of Britain’s largest bank rising more than 10 per cent

Beazley eyeing deals as Lloyd's gets set for an M&A boom

Beazley, the Lloyd's of London insurer, said yesterday it was on the hunt for deals as bankers eye a boom in mergers and acquisitions among companies that do business at the 320-year-old insurance market.

The Business On... Martin Wheatley, City Regulator

Do I know him?

Investment Column: M&B's trencherman focus earns its crust

Aquarius Platinum; London Stock Exchange

Hayward in the running for Glencore board role

Tony Hayward, the former chief executive of BP who was forced to step down in the wake of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, has emerged as a possible candidate for a board seat at Glencore, the world's biggest commodities trader.

Leading article: A deal that poses many questions

From the business point of view, BP has moved with commendable dispatch to identify new opportunities, following its debacle in the US. Regardless of how the various inquiries find – and the first was less damning of BP than many expected – the company's name will be sullied there for a long time. Looking east, to a Russia once again interested in joint ventures, is a canny course to take.

Business Diary: Lion's share goes to wrong man

Our compliments to David Buik, the BGC Partners commentator who has been doing such sterling work defending the bankers and their bonuses in recent days. Still, yesterday's blog didn't quite make sense. Entitled "Bob Diamond – Androcles in the lion's den, I don't think so", Buik forecast there would only be one winner in the battle between Bob Diamond and the Treasury Select Committee: the Barclays man. But the point of the famous tale is that Androcles was the winner – he was pardoned in the gladiatorial arena after a lion which he had once cared for refused to attack him. Time to spend a bit of that City pay packet on a decent book of fables.

Mongolia declares diplomatic war on Britain over arrested spy

Lucrative contracts threatened as agent languishes in Wandsworth prison

IPO market bounces back

The amount of money raised in UK initial public offerings this year is 500 per cent up on 2009, with investors pumping £10.1bn into 89 companies listing on the London Stock Exchange's main market or on the Alternative Investment Market.

Business Diary: A flotation that’s all about Me Me Me

We're not sure what to make of Cathal Morrow, who has come up with a novel idea for a protest against all that is wrong with our financial system. He plans to float himself on the London Stock Exchange – as Me Me Me plc – and is soliciting support from would-be shareholders.

Promethean shares plunge as schools budgets are cut back

The classroom technology group Promethean World has discovered the downside of a public listing in its first year after a profits warning sent shares crashing over 30 per cent.

LSE takes aim at rivals as it gears up to move into derivatives

Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, is squaring up for a potential legal battle with rival derivative exchanges as he prepares the company to take on their businesses.

Investors still Desire Rachel despite some rocky debris

Shares in the Falklands-focused oil explorer Desire Petroleum bounced back yesterday, gaining more than 10 per cent despite the apparent failure of a closely watched sidetrack well at its Rachel prospect in the South Atlantic.

Market Report: Regulation fears cause PartyGaming to drop

Fears of Europe being hit by strict regulations on internet gambling caused one of the sector's biggest names, PartyGaming, to take a tumble last night.

FTSE lays down the law to foreign firms listing in London

The FTSE has set tough new rules for foreign companies planning to list on its major indices, which will change the structures of a swathe of London flotations next year.

Market Report: Surge of copper miners led by Chilean operator

There was really only one game in town yesterday, as a surge in London's miners dominated the FTSE 100. Seven of the top 10 risers were in mining, as commodity prices stormed higher.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album