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Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Lloyds lashed by grandee whose bid for branches was blocked twice

Lloyds Banking Group and the Government acted in "bad faith" in the way Co-op was twice selected as the exclusive bidder for more than 600 Lloyds branches, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

Michael van Gerwen celebrates during his third round victory over Gary Anderson

Darts World Championships: Mighty Michael van Gerwen avoids shock exit with comeback win over Gary Anderson

Adrian Lewis will join van Gerwen in the quarter-final's along with James Wade

Bullish of England Bank sends pound skywards after growth upgrade

Bank of England rate-setters sent the pound surging today as they struck a bullish note on the recovery and hiked growth forecasts.

Carney expected to resist urge for immediate change

A new era at the Bank of England dawns tomorrow as Canadian Mark Carney takes the reins and prepares for his first decision on interest rates and money-printing within days.

Ben Chu: These MPs will miss a little bit of Mervyn in their lives

You could fill the Thames between Westminster and London Bridge with the bad blood

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Pride but no prejudice as Jane Austen’s £10 role is noted

Sir Mervyn King saved the best to last. We had sailed through the minor issues such as the crisis of world capitalism, the indefinite wait for a “sustainable” recovery, and the shady lobbying by government of regulators on behalf of the banks, when he produced his coup de grâce: Jane Austen’s head could soon be on the tenner.

Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King appears before the Treasury Select Committee at Portcullis House in London for the last time on 25 June 2013

Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King accuses George Osborne of lobbying on behalf of banks to weaken regulation

George Osborne was challenged over whether he gave in to intense lobbying by bankers to force regulators to water down demands for banks to raise more capital to protect themselves against future shocks.

Anthony Hilton: A great Lord Mayor - but what about his hair?

Sir Mervyn King’s last appearance at the annual bash in the Mansion House, known officially as the Lord Mayor’s banquet for the merchants and bankers of the City of London on Wednesday evening, was neither as warm nor as emotional as I expected – clearly the Governor’s persistent and well-directed criticism of banks has somewhat soured the relationship.

Sir Mervyn King to be made a peer for public service

Sir Mervyn King, the outgoing Governor of the Bank of England, is to be made a life peer in recognition of his significant contribution to public service. He was personally nominated by the Prime Minister.

Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker is to step down

Deputy Bank of England Governor Paul Tucker quits

Mr Tucker said he planned to spend time in academia in the US

Sir Mervyn King says he's leaving Bank of England in 'safe hands'

Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King said he was leaving the institution “in safe hands” as he signed off his final annual report before being succeeded by Canadian Mark Carney.

Manufacturing sector sees strongest growth for more than a year

Britain’s manufacturing malaise might finally be coming to an end after the strongest growth for more than a year in May, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply said today.

Mervyn King faces vote defeat in his last meeting

Sir Mervyn King will bring down the curtain on 16 years of rate-setting this week as he chairs his final meeting of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC).

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England has warned that George Osborne's plan to boost the housing market is

Outgoing governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King issues warning over 'Help to Buy' scheme

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England has warned that George Osborne's plan to boost the housing market is "too close for comfort" to a general state guarantee for mortgages.

Falling fuel and beer prices herald rare inflation drop

Easing pain for motorists at the petrol pump and Chancellor George Osborne's Budget beer duty largesse should this week herald the first fall in inflation since last September.

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