Mortgage lending buoys Bank of England figures

Lending to individuals is on the up, driven by mortgages, BoE figures show, but business lending hits a slumpLending to individuals rose in April, but figures from the Bank of England showed a sharp fall in the amount of borrowing done by businesses.Non-financial firms paid off £3bn of loans (including overdrafts) over the month, compared […]
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Far-right groups plan day of demonstrations across England

Anti-racism campaigners warn of ‘day of hate’ on Saturday as English Defence League and BNP prepare for marchesFar-right groups are planning their biggest mobilisation for 30 years this weekend with more than 50 demonstrations planned in towns and cities across England.Anti-racism campaigners have branded Saturday a “day of hate” after identifying 55 English Defence League […]
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King’s Desert Island Discs song list sets off speculators

Twittersphere speculates on possible choices for outgoing Bank of England governor, with Dire Straits among suggestionsSir Mervyn King, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, is to be Kirsty Young’s guest on Desert Island Discs.King, who is being by replaced the Canadian central bank governor Mark Carney, will be the castaway on Sunday on […]
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Why England fans should surrender their traditional chant | Mark Perryman

Banning the ‘No Surrender’ chant against Ireland won’t work. Dialogue, not diktat, is needed to find a new tune to unite fansIt has been on the fixture list for months – I snapped up my tickets as long ago as February. On Wednesday, England play Ireland at Wembley, as part of the celebrations to mark […]
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Fire and rescue services in England should merge, says report

Fire services could slash costs by sharing stations with police and ambulance crews, says former chief adviserMinisters should consider replacing the 46 local fire and rescue authorities in England with a single national organisation – as has happened in Scotland – according to a review of the £2.2bn-a-year emergency service.Mergers, privatisation, staff-led mutual organisations, sharing […]
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James Gillray cartoon showing Bank of England as ‘old lady’ goes on display

1797 work includes first use of Bank’s nickname, the old lady of Threadneedle Street, in printThe vicious political cartoon in which the Bank of England’s famous nickname, the old lady of Threadneedle Street, first appeared in print is going on display at the bank for the first time.The 1797 cartoon, Political Ravishment or The Old […]
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Union with Ukip’s England? Spare us | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plankOne by one, the few remaining ties that bind us with England are being loosened. For those of us who have cherished our shared heritage with our southern neighbours, the first two weeks in May have been dismal ones. The success of Ukip in […]
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Bank of England under fire for not putting women on notes

Feminist campaigner accuses Bank of failure to eliminate discrimination under the Equality ActThe Bank of England is facing a threat of court action for failing to adhere to equality laws following its decision to replace the only historical female figure on English banknotes with a man.Solicitors acting for feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez have written to […]
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Church of England facing new child abuse allegations

Archbishop accused of not reporting claims made against former dean of Manchester to police at the timeThe Church of England is facing a new child protection scandal after accusations that the former archbishop of York failed to report allegations of child abuse by a senior clergyman.Lord Hope of Thornes, the former archbishop, said he stripped […]
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