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Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm is set to announce a £150m investment in insurance group Hastings Direct that will leave chairman Neil Utley cashing in tens of millions of pounds from the business he turned around after buying it in 2008.

Mandelson denies orchestrating postal strike

Lord Mandelson today denied union claims that he was orchestrating the postal strike.

Adrian Hamilton: The Right Reverend Mervyn King

Oh dear. The Governor of the Bank of England does love his “moral hazard” sermon so. It was only two years ago that he was trumpeting about it as the reason not to intervene with Northern Rock and the banks at the beginning of this crisis.

Plans for Northern Rock to split into a 'good' and a 'bad' bank

Northern Rock, Britain's state-owned mortgage bank, yesterday paved the way for a pre-election sell-off, informing people with risky mortgages that they would become customers of a "bad bank", to be called Northern Rock Asset Management.

Mortgage rates cut by Rock and the Woolwich

Northern Rock yesterday slashed mortgage rates in a move experts said could inject further life into the housing market.

Pension guarantees for bankers savaged

Former government adviser says ministers are wrong to protect schemes

Northern Rock suspends bond payments to preserve capital

Northern Rock heaped misery on a fresh group of investors yesterday after saying it was suspending interest payments on all bonds where it is legally able to do so.

Building societies attack Treasury's plans for the Rock

Building societies will be unfairly disadvantaged by the Government's plan to split Northern Rock in two, the mortgage lending industry has told European industry regulators.

Northern Rock on the rack – and we're paying

£725mloss in first six months of year; 22,141 of borrowers more than three months in arrears; £11bn of taxpayers' money tied up in stricken bank

Northern Rock losses up 24% to £724m

Nationalised lender Northern Rock announced a 24% jump in half-year losses today and warned rising unemployment could pile further pressure on its mortgage book.

Rock shareholders lose legal challenge

Former shareholders in nationalised bank Northern Rock failed today in a renewed legal challenge to the Government's "zero return" compensation scheme.

Northern Rock: ex-shareholders lose compensation challenge

Former shareholders in nationalised bank Northern Rock failed today in a renewed legal challenge to the Government's "zero return" compensation scheme.

David Prosser: Stuck between Rock and a hard place

Outlook Time is running out for Gordon Brown if he wants to return any of the banking assets that the British taxpayer owns back to the private sector before the next election. Of all those assets, parts of Northern Rock look most saleable – the latest rumours suggest it could be offloaded to Tesco, though these have been denied – particularly if the taxpayer retains the less attractive parts of the bank.

MPs attack Treasury's Northern Rock failings over Rock

The committee of MPs scrutinising the Government's response to the Northern Rock crisis have accused the Treasury of being caught "flat-footed" by the bank's near collapse.

Steve Richards: A cloth-eared Prime Minister and a pantomime of disunity

Such clumsy handling of the Iraq war inquiry reveals the bewildered weakness of Brown

Rock investors begin legal fight for compensation

Investors in Northern Rock yesterday began their latest legal challenge to Treasury regulations on the way in which the failed bank should be valued, amid continuing anger that the rules mean they are almost certain not to get any compensation for their shares.

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