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The prospect of a tough government crackdown on bankers' pay and bonuses has receded as a result of Vince Cable's weakened position in the Cabinet.

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was today forced to fend off reports of rifts within the coalition amid fresh disclosures that Liberal Democrat ministers had privately criticised coalition policies.

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Nick Clegg: 'Vince Cable is right to be embarrassed'

Vince Cable is "right to be embarrassed" after he made private remarks in which he threatened to bring the Government down by resigning, Nick Clegg said today.

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Royal Bank of Scotland wants the permission of its largest shareholder – the taxpayer – to start paying cash bonuses of up to £50,000 again, it has emerged.

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Ministers announced plans to reduce student numbers today as part of the most swingeing public spending cuts in higher education for a generation.

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Students will graduate owing colossal amounts of money, which they will be paying off well into their thirties

John Rentoul: Clegg has trust issues. Sound familiar?

It would be easy to write off the Lib Dems. And well-advised. But the betrayal began long before Thursday night

Nick Clegg urges Lib Dems to reunite after fees split

Nick Clegg today appealed to the Liberal Democrats to move on from their divisions over tuition fees and re-unite to help the party deliver on its priorities in the coalition.

Lib Dem backlash against tuition fees gathers pace

Tuition fees are likened to the poll tax by the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable in a leaflet circulating in Scotland, despite the leading role he is taking in raising them to up to £9,000 a year.

Aaron Porter: 'Politicians? They sell students cheap gimmicks'

Aaron Porter, the president of the NUS, has been thrust into the limelight after the recent tuition fees protests.So what exactly is his gripe with mainstream politics?

Fees defeat 'would mean fewer students'

A vote against higher tuition fees would lead to massive reductions in student numbers, the leader of a group representing the UK's universities said today.

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