Bank Rate on hold, but markets expect May hike

The Bank of England's "emergency" policy of ultra-low interest rates marked its second birthday yesterday when the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee voted for the 24th month to leave rates on hold, and also to keep the £200bn programme of quantitative easing unchanged. The apparent calmness of policy, however, belies what the Bank admits is an "unusually wide range of views" on the MPC, which split four ways in January.

Johann Hari: Get bishops out of our law-making

Is Nick Clegg even going to abandon his atheism, and give the forces of organised religion yet more power over us?

Osborne under pressure to cut growth forecasts

The Confederation of British Industry today becomes the latest organisation to downgrade its growth forecast for the British economy, threatening the credibility of the Chancellor's predictions, the Government's prospects of reducing the fiscal deficit and higher unemployment as the economy struggles to rebalance.

Charities 'must catch up with modern world'

The internet holds the key to increasing private donations to offset council spending cuts, voluntary organisations are told

Leading article: There is nothing wise about economic inflexibility

One politician's pride cannot be allowed to drive policy; not with so many jobs at stake

Fears that UK will lose influence after huge cuts at World Service

Protests took place outside Bush House, the BBC World Service's London headquarters, yesterday in response to the news that 650 posts and five language services would be lost after a 16 per cent reduction in funding from the Foreign Office.

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Doris Heffer: Political secretary who formed a parliamentary double act with her husband Eric

I assert with the certainty of one who knew them both extremely well – one who worked with them and sometimes argued with them when they would give me a lift to the end of Horseferry Road on their way to their London pied-à-terre in Dolphin Square after the close of Commons business in the small hours of the morning – that without his wife Doris, Eric Heffer would probably not have become a Member of Parliament, and unquestionably not a member of the National Executive of the Labour Party, and indeed the national figure he became.

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Bank holds rates steady as the recovery slows sharply

The British economy barely grew in December, according to the latest estimates from the country's oldest economics research body.

The party's over but the fun's just begun

City Slicker: Edinburgh - Those in the know wait until Hogmanay's ended to go to this city. Rhiannon Batten offers ideas for new and returning visitors

Thousands set to protest against tuition fee rises

Thousands of students and lecturers up and down the country are expected to take to the streets today to demonstrate against the Government's proposals to treble university tuition fees.

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'Manic Monday' online shoppers set to spend millions

Online shoppers are set to spend a total of £537 million today in what is predicted to be the busiest internet shopping day of the year.

Teachers fear restraint powers will bring chaos

Unions warn that unless they are given proper training, staff will be open to false claims of abuse
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