``It is the biggest major shareholder protest since 32 per cent of BP shareholders failed to back its pay policy last month, and demonstrates the growing concern about boardroom excess. Support for Standard Life and criticism for Barclays came from both left and right -- with the Institute of Directors urging the bank to reconsider its bonus plans... [The bank's exhortations that bonuses were earlier discussed in consultations with shareholders] did nothing to placate many of the 800 shareholders at the meeting, who queued up to attack Barclays bosses over the decision to hike bonuses.''

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