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8 July 2012 Last updated at 10:38 ET Ed Balls: "The government is dragging its feet" Labour has demanded that top High Street banks should be forced to sell off hundreds of branches in a "root-and-branch" reform of the industry. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls told the BBC that the government was "foot-dragging" on the issue.
19 July 2012 Last updated at 10:54 ET By Tim Donovan Political Editor, BBC London G4S were contracted to supply 10,400 security guards during the Games Olympic organisers instructed G4S to pay security guards less than the wages that officials had publicly declared were being offered, the firm says. Most security guards are being paid a basic wage of £8.50 an hour to work at the Games venues. It is below the rate of "approximately £10 an hour" which the government and Locog told MPs was being paid to attract recruits.
25 July 2012 Last updated at 11:19 ET George Osborne: The government has to have "a relentless focus on the economy" The UK recession has deepened, latest official figures have shown, after the output of the economy fell by 0.7% between April and June. The contraction was much bigger than expected and follows a 0.3% drop in the first three months of the year. The Office for National Statistics said the fall was largely due to a sharp slowdown in the construction sector.
26 July 2012 Last updated at 11:56 ET Some farmers stayed away from the Royal Welsh Show to catch up on work they could not do when the weather was bad A record 240,964 people have visited the Royal Welsh Show in Powys after one of the hottest weeks of the year so far. The figure breaks the previous record of 240,140 set in 2006 at the four-day event in Llanelwedd. The show has been bathed in sunshine all week, with temperatures reaching 26C (79F) after weeks of heavy rain. But the heatwave has caused problems for medical teams with dozens of people suffering from heat-related problems.
The feverish activity across global news rooms to ferret out the best of the leaks from the morass of military material about the Afghan war disclosed on Wikileaks is continuing apace. Undoubtedly, we are learning more of the scale , more of the mess that is military service in this war with its still indistinct concept of what “success” constitutes.
23 August 2012 Last updated at 18:13 GMT In people with cystic fibrosis, mucus is not properly cleared from the lungs Scientists say the discovery of an internal "brush" that helps clear lungs of unwanted matter could help them understand more about lung diseases.
24 July 2012 Last updated at 13:11 ET Mr Gauke said cash payments were "facilitating" the hidden economy Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is "morally wrong" to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax. He argued the practice came at "a big cost" to the Treasury and meant other people had to pay more.
19 July 2012 Last updated at 10:52 ET Artist's impression of the completed homeless and housing complex on Dumballs Road, Cardiff. Hostels have stood on the site for 20 years. A homeless and housing centre that will be a "benchmark" for other cities to follow is opening its doors.
20 July 2012 Last updated at 11:02 ET Firefighters have been despatched from the Portuguese mainland to help Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters are battling forest fires raging in areas popular with tourists - the Algarve and the island of Madeira. Fires in Camacha and Santa Cruz on Madeira are threatening homes, but there are no reports of casualties. Dozens of people have abandoned their homes since fires began spreading in parts of Madeira on Wednesday. The Tavira district is worst affected in the Algarve.
23 July 2012 Last updated at 02:39 GMT By Dougal Shaw Technology reporter Professor Nick Jennings explains why and how he is testing disaster drones An ominous plume of black smoke hangs over east London. The scarcely believable news arrives in snippets: A huge blast has rocked the Thames Barrier; a surge of water is ploughing through the city; a sports stadium has collapsed; more explosions are reported on Twitter.
24 July 2012 Last updated at 12:45 ET Alison Levitt QC: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability." Eight people, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face a total of 19 charges relating to phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
11 July 2012 Last updated at 13:37 ET The changes will come into effect next month A third of Tata Steel workers at Port Talbot are facing reduced shifts and pay allowance deductions because of a fall in the demand for steel. Workers at the sister factory in Llanwern, Newport, will also be hit by changes in their shift patterns. The company has been meeting unions to discuss a plan about reducing the hours staff work until the market recovers.
14 July 2012 Last updated at 10:33 ET The DfT says 68% of road deaths in Britain in 2010 took place on rural roads Speed limits on many rural roads in England could be cut from 60mph to 40mph under government proposals. The reduction should be considered by councils on roads with "many bends or junctions", the Department for Transport (DfT) says in draft guidance . Some 49% of road deaths in 2010 in the UK took place on single carriageway rural roads with a 60mph speed limit.
13 July 2012 Last updated at 12:35 GMT Plans have been unveiled for 45,400 homes to be built in Cardiff by 2026, with the city's population forecast to rise by a quarter to more than 400,000. The biggest single proposal is for 7,500 homes in a new suburb west of Pentrebane and about 6,000 and 2,000 earmarked either side of Pontprennau.
12 July 2012 Last updated at 17:29 ET By Chris Mason Political correspondent Ed Miliband laughed off the negative headlines of a year ago "There are no hard feelings between me and News International.