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Some Bank of England regulators wanted lenders to be forced to raise even more fresh capital than the £25 billion they were told to produce last week, minutes from the latest meeting of the financial policy committee indicate.

Birmingham bid for Taylor

Football: Shearer pays tribute to Ginola

ALAN SHEARER, the Newcastle captain, insists he has no quarrel with David Ginola, who faces another hostile reception at St James' Park tonight when he and his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates play the Magpies in an FA Cup third-round replay.

Killer mother freed after court hears of abuse

A WOMAN who stabbed her partner to death was freed yesterday after the judge heard of the years of abuse she suffered at his hands.

Martin Taylor to join Goldmans

MARTIN TAYLOR (left), the former chief executive of Barclays, is to join the US investment bank Goldman Sachs as a part-time special adviser this autumn.

Outlook: Who said bankers have to be boring?...

BARCLAYS certainly can pick 'em. Matthew Barrett is best known in Canada, and probably beyond it too, not as a banker but as the man who married the high-profile jet setter and former companion of Adnan Khashoggi, Anne-Marie Sten. So fed up was Mr Barrett with Ms Sten's constant appearances in Canada's gossip columns and magazines, on one occasion in a fur bikini, on another minus kit altogether, that it apparently became a factor in his decision to quit as chairman of Bank of Montreal.

Tony's friends lose their way

Many of the business gurus advising New Labour have been struck by the Curse of Blair, write Chris Horrie and Danny Rosenbaum

People and Business: Good relations

ELIZABETH WADE, one of Martin Taylor's confidantes during his last year as chief executive at Barclays Bank, has moved to Makinson Cowell, an independent investor relations consultancy.

Outlook: RBS merger may be best for Barclays

IS BARCLAYS just accident prone, or is there something seriously wrong? The stock market took one look at the bank's latest embarrassing setback - the failure of its new chief executive to spend any more than a couple of hours in the job - and decided that probably, on balance, it didn't really matter. If the yawning management gap now apparent at the top of Barclays helps shift the log jam over banking consolidation in Britain, it might actually be rather good news, the stock market figured.

Outlook: Barclays poser

BARCLAYS' chairman-in-waiting, Sir Peter Middleton, is negotiating a continuing role with the bank for the present chairman Andrew Buxton. Mr Buxton had been expected to sever all connections with the bank after the annual general meeting later this month, but now some kind of ongoing role as an adviser on client relationships in the Middle East is foreseen.

What is the point of having businessmen in a government?

Life has become very difficult for any minister, let alone one who has spent time in the real world

Outlook: Over here, overpaid and finishing off

PRESS GANGED late last year into a stand in role as chief executive of Barclays, Sir Peter Middleton was like a dog with two tails yesterday as be paraded his new catch before the national press. On the face of it, Michael O'Neill is everything Sir Peter could have hoped for.

Politics: Why I'm battling against the euro, by Lord Owen

THE MAN dubbed "Dr Death" will spring back into political life early in the new year. Lord Owen will launch a group that will be pro- European but opposed to early British entry into the single currency.

Dramatic exit that was a bolt out of the blue

Bank crisis: The city is stunned as Blairite high-flyer quits Barclays suddenly, claiming he is unable to get things done

Taylor runs up against a brick wall

Why did the man who pledged to revolutionise UK banking quit when there's so much to be done?

Football: Gray ends Dixon's dream

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