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London First is a body set up about 20 years ago by the London business community to promote the city as a place to do business and to lobby for the improvements – particularly to infrastructure – which everyone knows we urgently need but which government seems incapable of planning for.

Protesters in Wall Street: Financiers have cut jobs, but not because of their unpopularity among ordinary Americans

Finance, not protest is taming the banks

So did the Occupy Wall Street movement have any effect? No, says Stephen Foley

Occupy London seize old court

Members of the Occupy London protest took control of their fourth site – the building that used to house Old Street Magistrates Court in east London.

Protesters' 'Bank of Ideas' to stay open over Christmas

Members of the Occupy London protest movement have won the right to stay in an office block belonging to the investment bank UBS over the Christmas and New Year period after a High Court judge granted them leave to take their case to the Court of Appeal.

Occupy London protesters will be leaving St. Paul's early next year

Protesters call end to occupation of St Paul's

Demonstrators decide to leave on their own terms before forced eviction begins

One of the most senior figures in City regulation will meet protesters from the St Paul's Cathedral camp today

FSA chief to meet with occupy protesters

One of the most senior figures in City regulation will meet protesters from the St Paul's Cathedral camp today as part of a Church of England initiative on finance and ethics.

On the picket line: FTSE's best-paid boss targeted as thousands take to the streets

Stop all the trains. Shut down departure zones. Prevent the kids from learning while they sit at home. The Prime Minister may have called it a "damp squib", but the single biggest outbreak of industrial action for a generation brought parts of the country to a halt, affecting the lives of millions – strikers and otherwise.

Alan Bennett gives a reading at the Occupy London site yesterday

St Paul's protesters reveal plans for 'touring occupation' of UK's cathedrals

The diocese of St Albans has welcomed proposals by protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral for more than a month of a "touring occupation" of Britain's cathedrals.

Designer Vivienne Westwood added her voice to the protests yesterday

Demonstrations' to be banned during Olympics'

Ministers ponder tough new powers to prevent Occupy-style protests interfering with Games

Protesters open 'Bank of Ideas'

Economic justice campaigners who have occupied an abandoned office block opened it to the public today as the "Bank of Ideas".

Occupy protesters hang banners from an empty office block owned by UBS bank building in London

Occupy protesters take over UBS building

Economic justice campaigners who have been camped outside St Paul's Cathedral for weeks announced today that they have occupied an abandoned office block owned by investment bank UBS.

Ed Miliband eyes executive pay reforms

Workers should help set top bosses' pay, Ed Miliband said today.

St Paul's protesters vow to fight eviction

Anti-capitalist protesters who have been camped outside St Paul's Cathedral for a month were today warned to quit their tents or face High Court action.

Stefan Stern: Brodie Clark and the bravery that we need to encourage

Those who blow the whistle on wrongdoing are rarely popular – at least initially

Lord Mayor's Show avoids anti-capitalist protesters

The Lord Mayor's Show passed off peacefully in London yesterday, despite the fear of disruption from anti-capitalist protesters.

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