MP's quiz drugs firm bosses again

The bosses of drugs giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca face another round of questioning from MPs today over the US firm's takeover bid.

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Body found in search for missing police officer

Police have found a body in the search for Louise Gibson

Police looking for missing police officer Louise Gibson have found a body.

Mrs Gibson lived in Macclesfield for 10 years with her family, and Thames Vallery Police thought she may have gone back to the North West.

The body of a woman was found in Woodland in Buckinghamshire, where Louise lived. She is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be Mrs Gibson.

Louise had been missing from Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, since Thursday (15/5) evening.

Her family have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by family liaison officers.

ACC Chris Shead said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm a body, believed to be our missing colleague Louise Gibson, was found in Little Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, this afternoon.

“Louise’s family, friends and colleagues have been informed and are being supported. I would ask that their privacy is respected."

The death is being treated as unexplained.

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AstraZeneca: 'no prospect' of deal before deadline

Pfizer and AstraZeneca packaging. Credit: PA Images

AstraZeneca Chairman Leif Johansson has said he now saw no prospect of a deal with Pfizer before a deadline of 26 May set under British takeover rules, or any likelihood of that deadline being extended, Reuters have reported.

More: Government continues to monitor AstraZeneca takeover

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Miliband reiterates call for 'objective' Astra-Pfizer test

Labour leader Ed Miliband has reiterated his call for the Government to do an "objective test" on the impact of a potential takeover by Pfizer of AstraZeneca, despite the British firm's board rejecting the apparently final offer from the US drugs company.

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

Concern for 'high risk' missing police officer from Macclesfield

Mother of three, Louise Gibson, missing since May 15.

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned about the welfare of a missing police officer from Macclesfield.

Mother of three, Louise Gibson, who now works for Thames Valley Police, was last seen in High Wycombe on May 15.

Police have described Louise as a ‘high risk’ missing person.

Louise moved to Macclesfield in 2001.

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Cable 'keeping options open' about AstraZeneca future

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he and the rest of the Government are "keeping our options open" after AstraZeneca's board rejected Pfizer's increased and apparently final offer of £69 billion.

Asked about the board's decision, Mr Cable said:

I'm not telling them what to do, they have clearly come to a firm view on the offer that has been put to them.

We will stay, as a Government, very firmly in a position of keeping our options open.

We have a clear view of the national interest in protecting research and development, jobs and manufacturing here, and we have sent out that message loud and clear.

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

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Cameron 'neutral' after AstraZeneca rejects Pfizer bid

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Government will continue to talk in a "neutral" role to both Pfizer and AstraZeneca regarding a takeover after the US drug firm saw an increased offer rejected by the British manufacturer.

This is a matter for the companies to resolve themselves. The government quite rightly should be neutral in this.

What we should do though is always be engaged with both companies - as we have been - to try and make sure that whatever the outcome, British science, British job, British manufacturing, that they get a proper and deserved attention.

– David Cameron, speaking to the BBC

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

Read: Labour welcomes AstraZeneca's bid rejection

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AXA shareholder 'very disappointed' by Astra board

One of the major shareholders in AstraZeneca has criticised the board following its rejection of Pfizer's "final" £69 billion takeover bid.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports:

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Richard Marwood, of Axa tells me "very disappointed" by AZ board "not in shareholders interests" and "very hard to do a deal from here"

Read: Is Pfizer's failed final bid the end of takeover saga?

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