William Hague: UK will offer only diplomatic support on Syria

William Hague: UK will offer only diplomatic support on Syria Foreign secretary says parliament has spoken and Labour would need to be ‘less partisan’ to reverse Commons vote.
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Funding for lending scheme failing to refresh flagging UK economy

Plenty of excuses have been wheeled out to explain why banks are lending less than last year – none especially convincing There used to be a TV ad for Heineken that boasted that it refreshed the parts other beers could not reach. The Bank of England’s funding-for-lending scheme has the reverse effect: it refreshes only […]
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Asda unveils food bank pledge for surplus stock

Instead of sending stock back to manufacturers, which often ends up in landfill, Asda will send it to FareShareAsda has unveiled a multi-million pound pledge to redistribute all surplus stock to one of the UK’s biggest food banks.In the latest move by a major retailer to cut food waste, Asda said that instead of sending […]
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UK trapped in ‘vicious spiral’ of falling wages and depressed investment

International Labour Organisation warns of threat of rising child poverty in Britain if measures to combat unemployment are not introducedBritain must do more to get companies investing and banks lending if it wants to turn around a stagnant labour market that has seen long-term unemployment double since the financial crisis began.That is the warning from […]
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iGas: shale gas reserves higher than previously thought

Studies show energy company’s licensed sites in north-west England hold between 15-170 trillion cubic feet of shale gasA leading UK shale gas explorer has said estimates of its resources in north-west England are considerably higher than previously thought and could meet gas consumption in Britain for decades.Studies by iGas show its licensed sites in the […]
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The week ahead: Bilderberg 2013 comes to … the Grove hotel, Watford

The Bilderberg group’s meeting will receive greater scrutiny than usual as journalists and bloggers converge on WatfordWhen you’re picking a spot to hold the world’s most powerful policy summit, there’s really only one place that will do: Watford. I guess the Seychelles must have been booked up.On Thursday afternoon, a heady mix of politicians, bank […]
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