BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 16 October, 2004 at 1204 BST.
The programme was repeated on Sunday, 17 October, at 2102 BST.
An overwhelming majority of investors have voted in favour of Abbey's takeover by Spain's Santander Central Hispano.
But despite the majority backing, Abbey's board faced heavy criticism and constant heckling at the meeting on Thursday.
Jessica Dunbar reported.
A campaign co-ordinated by the West Bromwich Building Society is calling for the government to reform stamp duty.
The Raise the Roof campaign is arguing that the starting threshold for the tax should be raised to £150,000 to help first-time buyers.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Do you think the threshold should be raised?
Are there other ways the duty could be reformed?
Andrew Messenger, Chief Executive of West Bromwich Building Society explained the case to Paul Lewis.
And Stuart Adam, research economist from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examined the tax implications if it were to happen.
New savings war begins
Halifax and Abbey are set to fight it out for savers, after both began offering a staggering 7% in interest on money paid by standing order into a monthly savings account for one year.
To get the rate, customers will have to save at least £20 a month with Abbey, and £25 a month with Halifax, and leave it there for a year.
These accounts are for regular savers, not those with one-off lump-sums. And Halifax is only giving the rate to new customers.
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