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David Cameron: ‘If we weren’t in the EU, helping write the rules, they would be written without us’

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Although avid and admiring students of the New Labour project, David Cameron and George Osborne are not having the same success in projecting an equivalent for their party. Increasingly they seem overwhelmed by events, the scale of which would test much more experienced politicians than the youthful duo who are still finding their way at the very top.

Virgin Money faces uphill struggle, city warns

Virgin Money faces an uphill struggle to make a meaningful impact on British banking, despite buying Northern Rock for a knockdown £747m and earmarking a possible flotation for as soon as 2014, City analysts warned yesterday.

City tells Virgin to expect tough fight from big banks

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Lenders cut rates in home loan price war

A mortgage price war has been building in the past few weeks as lenders slash the cost of borrowing in a frenzied attempt to attract business. Yesterday Northern Rock cut up to 0.9 per cent off its fixed rate mortgages. Today it is the turn of the Coventry building society as it launches a market-leading 3.49 per cent five-year fixed rate.

Northern Rock sale to come up £400m short

Ron Sandler, the chairman of Northern Rock, urged taxpayers to look at the bigger picture yesterday as it became increasingly apparent that, when it is sold, the nationalised lender will fetch far less than the £1.4bn of government capital injected into it.

David Prosser: Mutuality isn't such a hard place for Northern Rock

Outlook In the wake of the credit crisis, it is rather too easy to fall into the trap of judging banks bad and building societies good. While the mutual sector had a good war – particularly compared with the former mutuals that blew up during the crisis – the building-society movement was not without its own casualties.

Northern Rock reports reduced half-year losses

Nationalised lender Northern Rock said it expects to make a profit during next year after reporting reduced half-year losses today.

Rock pays £1bn back to state

The "bad bank" that runs Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM) and the rump of Bradford & Bingley has paid back another £1bn to the Government.

State-owned bank repays £1bn

The state-owned company that runs Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM) and Bradford & Bingley today said it had paid back another £1 billion to the government.

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