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Now Miliband supports the 'squeezed commuter'

Train companies should be banned from imposing huge increases to rail fares, Labour said last night as passengers were braced for price hikes of more than 10 per cent in some cases.

Barbie meets Bob as Mattel seals $680m deal

Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine have made new friends with Barbie after Mattel, the world's biggest toy-maker, acquired Hit Entertainment for $680m (£427m) in cash.

Ask the Traveller: Atol scheme

Good question, which touches upon the tangle of legislation – and the many loopholes – of consumer protection for air travellers. Bear with me as I explain your rights.

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Plan B: Smooth operator

Plan B made his name as a rapper, then topped the charts as a snappily dressed soul singer. Now he's making his directorial debut with a hip-hop movie. Charlotte Cripps meets an urban polymath

It's tough at the top: Meet the builders behind Europe's tallest tower

The cramped crane cabin that Andy Bowden spends 12 hours working inside every day is much the same as any other. There is his leather swivel seat armed with two small levers to control the hoist, a heater to keep both him and his flasks of soup warm, and a roll of loo roll that he insists is purely for his runny nose.