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Changes in doubt as ministers fall out over timing

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Flatlining economy puts pressure on Coalition partners

Cabinet tensions are rising over Britain's flatlining economy as ministers brace themselves for weak figures on growth, to be announced tomorrow.

Vince Cable launches attack on 'right wing nutters'

Business Secretary Vince Cable today launched an extraordinary attack on "right wing nutters" in the US who are threatening to cripple the world economy.

Cable's plan to consult on executive pay

Vince Cable has announced plans for a consultation on "ridiculous" levels of executive pay and ways to toughen up disclosure on remuneration and links to performance.

Vince Cable threatens banks over lending

Business Secretary Vince Cable has told MPs the Government is prepared to increase taxation on UK banks if they fail to back small businesses.

Prospect of widespread strikes moves closer

The prospect of widespread strikes by public sector workers over planned cuts to their pensions is set to come closer today when union activists discuss the Government's "attack" on them.

Union fury after Cable urges restraint over industrial action

Vince Cable was licking his wounds last night after a miscalculated speech ended in union activists subjecting him to a torrent of heckles and catcalls.

Unions criticise Vince Cable's strikes warning

Union leaders tonight warned that crucial talks aimed at heading off strikes over pensions could be hit after Business Secretary Vince Cable said that widespread industrial action could ratchet up pressure on the Government to strengthen strike laws.

Video: Cable issues strike warning

Vince Cable was heckled by trade union activists after warning that industrial action could lead to the Government changing strike laws.

How did they get in? Hay Festival's success spawns its own fringe

Each May Peter Florence pitches his marquees in a field below the town of Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh-English border, ready to receive 100,000 visitors to his Hay Festival.

Vince Cable warns of second financial emergency

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, faces a new confrontation with Chancellor George Osborne today after warning that Britain could face the “bomb” of a second financial emergency.

Ideas festival: Great minds think and drink alike

Charlotte Cripps considers the philosophical attractions of HowTheLightGetsIn, an ideas festival with a difference

Greece will reschedule debt, says Vince Cable

Business Secretary Vince Cable has become the first Cabinet minister to express a belief that Greece will have to reschedule its debts.

Big banks still failing to lend to SMEs, says Aldermore boss

Claims by the large banks that the only reason they are not lending more to small and medium-sized businesses is that there is limited demand for credit are not accurate, according to one lender active in the sector.

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