Australia ups interest rates for a fifth time

Australia's central bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent yesterday, as part of a strategy to bring borrowing costs back to "average" levels.

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Lead slips in marginals that donor's money was meant to secure

Tories cleared over Ashcroft donations

An Electoral Commission report today cleared the Conservative Party and its deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft of breaching electoral law in relation to £5.1 million of donations from Bearwood Corporate Services.

BA passenger figures up

British Airways, facing a damaging cabin crew strike, announced today that it carried 1.5% more passengers last month than in February 2009.

Parents of child cancer victims considered hastening death

Parents whose children are dying of cancer may consider hastening the process to reduce the length of time they spend suffering, a study has found.

Vicar suspended over 'inappropriate' relationship

A vicar has been suspended after having an "inappropriate" relationship with a member of his congregation.

Icap shares take battering after profits warning

A profits warning from Icap, the world’s largest interdealer broker, prompted a sell-off in its shares today, with the company losing almost a fifth of its value. Icap said it expected to make between £295m and £315m this year, significantly less than the £336m the City had been expecting.

DUP welcomed sex abuser Brian Hutchinson back to party

A self-confessed sex abuser has been secretly allowed back into Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — in the latest scandal to rock the party.

Florence MacKenzie: Assiduous fundraiser and treasurer of the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust

It would be fanciful to suggest that the medieval ecclesiastical, and indeed later ecclesiastical architecture of Scotland matches the glories of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Suffolk and several other English counties. None the less, there are many churches in dire need of repair, well worth rescue, dotted around Scotland.

BNP in trouble for filing 'inadequate' accounts

The British National Party (BNP) could face prosecution for breaking electoral law over its annual accounts after it filed financial records which its accountants refused to sanction and the far-right group's own leader admitted were "inadequate".

Icap's $25m settlement ends four-year investigation

Icap last night announced a $25m (£15.5m) settlement with America’s Securities & Exchange Commission to see off charges that it displayed fake trades to encourage activity by customers.

James Moore: Tullett staff won't go far

Outlook: The sector heavyweight is Icap and it's not going anywhere

John McWilliam: Highly respected politician who served as an Opposition whip at a difficult time for Labour

As a member of the Speaker's Panel – senior MPs, not ministers, who chair the committee stage of bills in the House of Commons – John McWilliam was procedurally authoritative and unflappable. For this reason, I was one of 14 MPs who gave him a vote in the long, drawn-out procedure for the election of a Speaker after Lady Boothroyd went to the House of Lords.

Zimbabwe unity pact teeters on the brink of collapse

Arrest of MDC official pushes Tsvangirai to denounce Mugabe as 'dishonest partner'

Tories back in business with £18m war chest

Conservative Party fundraisers have raised nearly half of the £18m needed for the election "fighting" fund after a big upsurge of support from businessmen and City financiers.

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