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Bank of England keeps rate on hold

The Bank of England&#39s monetary policy committee has voted to keep its base rate at 5.25 per cent.

The decision to maintain the base rate level was widely expected by economists, as cutting rates the day before the general election could open the MPC to charges of partiality.

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