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Letter: Funding our future

Bank of England rate-setters will take the latest data into account

I read J Clift’s letter, he says politicians use shortage of money as an excuse for not fully funding services like health, education and transport. This statement is not true.

Letter: Arrest warrant bid in House a low blow

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The parliamentary debacle where the Chief Whip, the Home Secretary and the Justice Minister attempted to sneak the European Arrest Warrant through Parliament without a vote, while at the same time trying to pretend that a vote on it would take place, shows just how low the Coalition has sunk and the depths of their contempt for the electorate.

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Star comment: Let’s also remember the elderly

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During the centenary of the Great War, the nation has shown its respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to safeguard our freedom. We have proudly remembered those who laid down their lives so that we can live in a free democracy.

Star comment: Celebrate the best of Shropshire business

Proto Labs, on Telford’s Halesfield Industrial Estate, scooped both the Business of the Year and the Manufacturing Champion categories at the inaugural awards ceremony.

Portents of doom swirl around the global economy. Day by day we hear stories about the flatlining of the Eurozone’s economy, the problems afflicting Japan and the stagnation of powerhouse economies like those in Germany and France.

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Real ale demand lifts Marston's

Real ale Hobgoblin grew sales by 4% in the year to October 4

Hobgoblin's status as the "unofficial beer of Halloween" lifted pub chain Marston's today as more drinkers turn away from big beer brands.

Oil prices lowest for four years

The cost of Brent crude oil has dipped to around 76 US dollars a barrel

Oil prices tumbled to new four-year lows today amid expectations that, despite the recent slide, Opec ministers will not take action to cut production.

Stagecoach rallies after rail award

The FTSE 100 Index was 2.9 points higher at 6730.1 on opening

Stagecoach's success in securing the East Coast rail franchise along with joint venture partner Virgin triggered a big rise in its share price today.