Voices Employers have accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk by targeting a 'perfectly legal' loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour

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THE FORMER MASTER

Letter: EU fight for jobs

Sir: Before the brouhaha and angst over European business taxes has died down, a critical point should be clarified in the minds of all concerned.

Parliament & Politics The House: End of term

THE CURTAIN fell last night on the longest session of Parliament for more than 30 years. Both Houses were prorogued after sitting less than an hour for Question Time.

Dream on

Dream on

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Building a modern House

JUST two paragraphs after calling for "650 MPs of the commitment of Frank Field", George Walden castigates the media for daring to question the right of members to "make an honest bob on the side to supplement their pounds 33,000" ("No way to run a country", 30 July). It is sad that he does not appreciate the contradiction in these remarks.

OBITUARY: Kathleen Lea

Kathleen Lea's service to the Malone Society - dedicated to the exact reproduction of English play texts and dramatic documents before 1640 (and for whom she edited Philip Massinger's Parliament of Love, 1929) - deserves mention, writes Professor G.R. Proudfoot [further to the obituary by Rachel Trickett, 27 January]. Her edition of John Lyly's Mother Bombie (1948) was planned for 1939, the year in which she joined the society's Council as its Honorary Secretary.

Powers denied

Crimea's parliament rejected an appeal from the region's President, Yuri Meshkov, for power to rule by decree, AP reports from Simferopol. Mr Meshkov said he needed special, emergency powers to push through economic reforms. He stormed out of the session after his appeal was rejected.

Albania backs PFP

TIRANA - The Albanian parliament yesterday unanimously approved the country's participation in the PFP programme, AFP reports.

Crimean Tatar leader dies

The Crimean Tatar leader, Iskander Memetov, died of wounds suffered in an assassination attempt that left two other people dead and 11 wounded on Tuesday, AFP reports from Sebastopol.

Wages Councils 'being broken up'

Wages councils are being dismantled before Parliament has given approval for their abolition, according to the Low Pay Unit. It says staff of the councils, which set minimum rates of pay for 2.5 million workers, have been sent a letter telling them their jobs were about to disappear.

Failure again

DUSHANBE (AP) - Tajikistan's parliament yesterday failed for the second day to muster a quorum for a special session called to remove President Rakhmon Nabiyev. Militants who had been occupying the presidential palace turned the building over to police yesterday.
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