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Ministers ‘must not interfere’ with SFO’s case over Saudi bribes

Ministers are being warned against “political interference” in a bribery investigation into a massive UK contract to overhaul military communications in Saudi Arabia. Transparency International and Corruption Watch fear a repeat of the debacle in 2006 when the UK government pressured the Serious Fraud Office to shelve its investigation into alleged bribery over sales of military jets to Saudi Arabia under ‘Al Yamamah’.

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Fiona Woolf to defend her role as head of CSA inquiry ‘robustly’

Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf is preparing to make a statement to dismiss concerns about her chairing the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. Woolf will “robustly” reject claims that her links with Lord Brittan make her position as head of the inquiry untenable, Whitehall sources say. She will issue a statement after returning to the UK from an overseas trip.

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Scotland sees fall in company failures after year of dismal data

Insolvencies in Scotland fell last month far faster than for the rest of the UK in a boost ahead of tomorrow’s independence referendum. But figures compiled by the Exaro Insolvency Index show that the drop came after a poor year for company failures in Scotland. Insolvencies have risen sharply in Scotland this year so far, but have fallen slightly in the rest of the UK.

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