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  • 17:01 Ed Balls: Let us all share fairly in the recovery - and save our stricken NHS News

    Opinion | Evening Standard source icon

    Next week's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor must address three key areas where George Osborne has failed Continue to article

  • 15:00 Graham Brady MP blog: Graham Brady MP: It’s time to scrap the tax on family flights News

    Blog | ConservativeHome source icon

    George Osborne should announce an end to Air Passenger Duty in his autumn statement Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:41 Lobby:No 10: PM wants more competitive and more flexible EU Lobby Briefings

    17:41 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street was asked about comments by Deputy Prime Minister earlier today when he said that exiting the Union equated to “economic self-harm”. The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman distanced the Government from Nick Clegg’s view, s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 19th November
  • 15:25 Open thread blog: What annoying habits do your colleagues have? | Open thread News

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    Are you a secret milk snatcher or do you, like George Osborne, keep it under lock and key? Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 17:35 Dot Commons: Danny puts Coalition on ice Dot Commons

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    Are we witnessing a chill in one of the Coalition's more successful relationships? Danny Alexander told reporters at a Westminster lunch today that his Tory boss, Chancellor George Osborne, keeps a lock on his fridge in the Treasury to s...

  • 17:11 Steerpike blog: Who holds the keys to the Treasury fridge? News

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    It seems the most exciting thing to come out of today’s Commons press gallery lunch with Danny Alexander was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s claim that George Osborne locks his fridge. Continue to article

  • 09:40 Story (1 links): Liverpool councils ask Chancellor for devolution

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    Six council leaders in Liverpool have written to the Chancellor to ask him to open negotiations on devolution, the BBC reports.

    George Osborne has recently announced moves to devolve power to Manchester, with aims to create a ‘northern powerhouse’ which will include an elected mayor.

    Councillor Barry Grunewald told the BBC: "we will consider all options but Government must hold true to their word as George Osborne says 'one size doesn't fit all'."

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 17:17 In Brief Events

    17:17 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Chancellor George Osborne speaks at the Newspaper Conference’s annual lunch in London Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at the Foundation Trust Network conference in Liverpool (2:00pm) Business Secretary Vince Cable speaks at the As... Continue to article

  • 13:30 Jesse Norman: Four more years until economy fully recovered On air

    On Air | Alistair Darling MP | Former chancellor of the exche... | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Alistair Darling MP

    Jesse Norman said the economic recovery would take longer than expected. "We went through the greatest financial crisis in our recorded history, and you don’t recover from that in six years or seven years and all the evidence is actually... Continue to article

  • 12:22 George Osborne: We're not immune to global economic problems On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Channel Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said Britain was "not immune" to global economic problems after David Cameron warned about the prospects for the global economy. "You have to make a realistic assessment of the global economy today. We've discovered that J... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 22:35 George Osborne: Voters are frustrated with Europe On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | The Agenda, ITV Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne denied running scared of Tory backbenchers over the European Arrest Warrant vote. "Not at all. We have got a debate on at the moment about what is a successful negotiation by this government, which is that we got out of a ... Continue to article

  • 15:51 Labour slams Osborne's 'con-trick' over European Union budget surcharge House of Commons

    Labour slams Osborne's 'con-trick' over European Union budget surcharge House of Commons

    George Osborne has engaged in a "con-trick" over the European Union budget surcharge, Ed Balls has said. The shadow chancellor highlighted the fact that a number of officials had said that Britain would keep its budget rebate before the ... Continue to article

  • 13:30 Ed Balls: The Tories haven't set out the cuts they will make after 2015 On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said the Conservatives had given no details of the welfare cuts they would make after 2015  "We’ve said we’ll be cutting public spending, we’ll match the Government’s spending cuts in 2015 and 2016 – we’ve said we’ll raise taxes... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th November
  • 07:00 Obs: Give our cities power to prosper and all Britain will flourish too News

    News | The Observer source icon

    The country’s great conurbations are, currently, civic pygmies. George Osborne has made a start by giving Manchester more autonomy. Now more must follow Continue to article

  • 00:00 Independent: EU surcharge: Another gain for the long grass News

    Opinion | The Independent source icon

    George Osborne is like a man who goes into a shop with "50 per cent off everything" posters in the window, buys a washing machine, and says: "I beat them down to half price." Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 8th November
  • 09:31 BBC: AUDIO: Osborne: EU deal is 'real win' News

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    The Chancellor, George Osborne, has described the deal on Britain's EU budget surcharge as a "real win for British taxpayers". Continue to article

  • 08:43 George Osborne: It wasn't always clear that the UK's debate would apply to EU budget surcharge On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said it was not clear whether Britain's rebate would have applied to the EU budget surcharge. "The difference is that first of all we have the British rebate applied in full, and that was not clear. That means that instead... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 11:03 George Osborne: We are watching oil companies carefully on petrol prices On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled Clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne warned that the Government is “watching very carefully” to ensure that reductions in the global price of oil are passed on to consumers. “Our message today is very clear: the oil price has fallen, but we expect that to be ... Continue to article

  • 11:03 George Osborne: We are watching oil companies carefully on petrol prices On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled Clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne warned that the Government is “watching very carefully” to ensure that reductions in the global price of oil are passed on to consumers. “Our message today is very clear: the oil price has fallen, but we expect that to be ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th November
  • 13:07 Osborne defends handling of £1.7bn EU bill House of Commons

    Osborne defends handling of £1.7bn EU bill House of Commons

    George Osborne has defended the handling of a demand from the EU for £1.7bn in extra payments. The Chancellor told MPs during Treasury Questions that there was a two-day delay between his advisors preparing a report and the Prime Ministe... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd November
  • 22:19 George Osborne: Conservative party is and must remain a broad church On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Newsnight, BBC Two Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said he wasn't shocked by a sense of disconnect between political parties and the public. "Well to be honest I’m not totally surprised. I know everyone is aghast at the fragmentation of the political system, I would say th... Continue to article

  • 11:54 Lobby:No 10: Open and regular discussions with Berlin Lobby Briefings

    11:54 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street played down a report that Angela Merkel would rather see Britain leave the European Union than change the principle of free movement. A Downing Street spokeswoman said the report was “speculation” and also insisted it was ... Continue to article

  • 09:42 Graham Allen: Westminster must catch up with rest of UK on devolution demands On air

    On Air | Graham Allen MP | Labour MP | BBC News Video Graham Allen MP

    Graham Allen said there was a growing movement outside of Westminster for greater devolution, as shown by George Osborne’s announcement of a directly-elected mayor for Greater Manchester. “Whitehall and the Westminster bubble will have t... Continue to article

  • 08:15 George Osborne: Merkel warning to Cameron just speculation On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Breakfast, BBC One Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne downplayed as “speculation” a German media report that Angela Merkel was prepared to see Britain leave the European Union rather than change the principle free movement of workers. “First of all, you need to know that Davi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 31st October
  • 16:40 George Osborne: Abuse inquiry is not about personalities On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled Footage Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government’s child abuse inquiry was not about personalities, but about finding the truth, amid increasing pressure on Fiona Woolf to stand down as the inquiry’s chair. “This isn’t about personalities. This is abo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • 20:00 Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments

      Those of us who love the thrill of a general election would’ve hated the Septennial Act of 1716 which increased the maximum length of parliaments from three to seven years – a period longer than the Second World War, or the time it tak... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 14:00 George Osborne: We are not paying EU £1.7bn on December 1 On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | ITV News Video George Osborne MP

      George Osborne reiterated UK opposition to an EU demand for an extra £1.7bn toward its budget, and said Britain's stance had sparked a "proper conversation" on the issue. "We're making it clear: we are not paying this big sum of mon... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 10:01 Department for Culture, Media and Sport statement: DCMS: Cathedrals secure £8m for repairs as part of First World War Centenary Fund Press Release

    10:01| Press Release | Department for Culture, Media and Sport

    Department for Culture, Media and Sport press release Cathedrals across England will receive over £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War (FWW) Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund, Culture Secretar... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 08:57 Story (4 links): HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins

    PoliticsHome HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins Story View links

    Britain's green belt will be destroyed by housebuilding unless the proposed £50bn HS2 goes ahead, the chairman of the project has said.

    Sir David Higgins told the Sunday Times that a new motorway would have to be built through the Chilterns if the plans were scrapped.

    George Osborne is set to announce the next phase of HS2, including a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester, tomorrow.

  • 07:44 Ed Balls and Andrew Adonis: The Tories are not the party of the North News

    Opinion | The Independent on Sunday source icon

    A Labour Treasury will also allow city and county regions that come together in combined authorities Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 24th October
  • 11:34 George Osborne: EU demand for more money is totally unacceptable On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the EU's request for more funds from the UK was "totally unacceptable". "I learned earlier this week and it’s totally unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to be presented with a multi-billion pound demand with six weeks t ... Continue to article

  • 11:31 Ed Balls: Government should have called EU talks last week when it found out On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | BBC News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said the Government should have called a meeting of EU finance ministers to discuss the new surcharge on Britain's contribution to the EU budget last week, when it was notified. "It’s unacceptable and it’s unacceptable that it’s... Continue to article

  • 10:13 Labour: Ed Balls response to GDP figures Press Release

    10:13| Press Release

    Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, responding to today's GDP figures, said: “For all George Osborne's claims that the economy is fixed most people are still not feeling the recovery. Working people are over ... Continue to article

  • 10:12 George Osborne: Strong GDP figures show Britain is leading the pack On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said this morning's GDP figures were "strong" and that they "show Britain is leading the pack". "We’ve had the GDP numbers this morning and they show that the British economy grew by 0.7% in the last quarter, 3% in the las... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 13:13 George Osborne: Govt is removing barriers for women in work On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Sky News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the Government was committed to encouraging more women to get into work. “We want to remove the barriers that exist to women who want to work getting into the workplace – and indeed the barriers that still exist for w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
  • 15:30 Chris Leslie: Low pay to blame for deficit rise On air

    On Air | Chris Leslie MP | Shadow Chief Secretary to the ... | BBC News Video Chris Leslie MP

    Chris Leslie said low pay was to blame for George Osborne’s failure to reduce the deficit.   “There was the promise from George Osborne that by the time of the election, next May, there wouldn’t be a deficit at all. He was going to get r... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 20th October
  • 10:45 Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Clegg hints at recall changes PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has said he wants to change the Government’s MP recall proposals, but hit out at Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s plan as the “rich man’s recall”. The Coalition's plans have come under fire from critics because a House of Commons ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 19th October
  • 10:25 Lord Heseltine: Recession will help win EU support for Tory immigration reforms On air

    On Air | Lord Heseltine | Former Deputy Prime Minister | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Lord Heseltine

    Lord Heseltine said David Cameron was likely to win support for his plans to reform immigration rules within the European Union because of the impact of the recession on public opinion. “He’s got one big thing going for him: we’ve had a ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 20:00 The place race The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine The place race

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield      “To Turbo Fizzle…best wishes…Charles”.  Greg Clark is holding a signed photo of a Space Shuttle astronaut and beaming at the personal dedication. But the portrait from Comma... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 10:44 George Osborne: Jobs figures are further progress towards our goal of full employment On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said today's unemployment figures were "further progress" towards his goal of full employment. "There are risks out there in the global economy that threaten Britain so we’ve got to go on working through this plan that is ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 12:47 Lobby:No 10: PM has addressed Cabinet on ISIL Lobby Briefings

    12:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article

  • 11:11 George Osborne: Double-dose of good economic news On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Pooled clip Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne welcomed today's figures showing a fall in inflation. "We have a double-dose of good economic news for families and for pensioners. The increase in prices is much lower than expected. And that helps families. And the pensi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 12:26 Dave Prentis: NHS staff are not asking for an impossible pay rise On air

    On Air | Dave Prentis | General Secretary, Unison | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Dave Prentis

    Dave Prentis said NHS staff who were on strike today had not asked “for an impossible pay rise.”    “They are not putting in a demand for an impossible pay rise. We have a pay review body just like the police do, just like the MPs do. An... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 9th October
  • 13:50 Guardian: George Osborne: eurozone risks slipping back into crisis News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    Chancellor says slowdown is affecting UK manufacturing and exports but economy is better placed to weather storm George Osborne has said the eurozone risks slipping back into a crisis with negative co... Continue to article

  • 11:25 George Osborne: Eurozone risks slipping back into crisis On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the eurozone "risks slipping back into crisis" as figures show German exports fell sharply in August. "This is a critical moment for the British economy. The eurozone risks slipping back into crisis. Britain cannot be... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 8th October
  • 14:51 Jo Swinson: Conservatives don't care about poorest people On air

    On Air | Jo Swinson MP | Lib Dem Business minister | Sky News Video Jo Swinson MP

    Jo Swinson accused the Conservatives of not caring about the poorest people in society. “Yeah, we’re in a coalition and we can work constructively with our coalition partners, but at the same time we’re in different political parties and... Continue to article

  • 13:00 Transcript: Nick Clegg speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Nick Clegg speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Check against delivery Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Alan Henning and David Haines for their tragic loss. ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 7th October
  • 17:00 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems will increase Capital Gains Tax On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | BBC News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said the Tory pledge to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 had been devised by the Liberal Democrats. “We are saying in the first year of the next parliament, towards this magic objective - which I've been going on about ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 6th October
  • 16:00 Chancellor announces landmark £75 million deal between Carillion and Dubai World Trade Centre; the first to be supported by UK Export Finance’s Direct Lending Facility Press Release

    16:00| Press Release

    A press release from the Treasury: Chancellor announces landmark £75 million deal between Carillion and Dubai World Trade Centre; the first to be supported by UK Export Finance’s Direct Lending Facility Chancellor of the Exchequer, George... Continue to article

  • 14:56 Independent: David Cameron's Tories are just like Ukip – but without the beer,says Vince Cable News

    News | The Independent source icon

    Vince Cable today launched the Liberal Democrats’ toughest onslaught yet on the Conservatives’ economic plans, accusing David Cameron and George Osborne of lying to the voters with their promise to wi... Continue to article

  • 14:09 Guardian: Vince Cable: Tory pledge to balance budget without raising taxes is a lie News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    At Lib Dem conference, business secretary accuses chancellor of dishonesty and says Tories obsessed by spending cuts Vince Cable has accused George Osborne of lying to the British people by claiming t... Continue to article

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Six council leaders in Liverpool have written to the Chancellor to ask him to open negotiations on devolution, the BBC reports.

George Osborne has recently announced moves to devolve power to Manchester, with aims to create a ‘northern powerhouse’ which will include an elected mayor.

Councillor Barry Grunewald told the BBC: "we will consider all options but Government must hold true to their word as George Osborne says 'one size doesn't fit all'."


Mortgage lending is still tight despite a rise in the number of approvals in July. Mortgages advanced to customers increased to 56,000, up 7% on June, according the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.


Chancellor: £2.4bn in new deals with China

George Osborne will announce £2.4bn worth of new commercial contracts between British and Chinese firms today.

The Chancellor will welcome China’s vice-premier Ma Kai for the sixth annual bilateral economic summit today.

Among the announcements will be that Chinese bank ICBC will open a new branch in the UK and the creation of a new museum exchange programme.


HS2 'will save green belt' - Sir David Higgins

Britain's green belt will be destroyed by housebuilding unless the proposed £50bn HS2 goes ahead, the chairman of the project has said.

Sir David Higgins told the Sunday Times that a new motorway would have to be built through the Chilterns if the plans were scrapped.

George Osborne is set to announce the next phase of HS2, including a new railway line between Leeds and Manchester, tomorrow.


Carney: Help to Buy not an economic risk

The Governor of the Bank of England has said that the Government's Help to Buy scheme does not pose risks to economy stability.

Mark Carney has written to George Osborne after the Financial Policy Committee conducted an assessment of the impact of Help to Buy.

“Under current market conditions, the Committee assesses that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability,” Mr Carney wrote.

He also said that the scheme was not a “material driver” of surging house prices.  

Mr Osborne responded to the letter, saying: "I was pleased to see the Committee's conclusions that the scheme does not pose material risks to financial stability in the UK and has not been a material driver of recent house price growth.”

The FPC has requested additional powers to oversee the mortgage market, asking the Treasury to allow it to direct the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority to require lenders to place limits on residential mortgage lending loan to-value-ratios.


Introducing elected mayors would stop brain drain from the North

Introducing elected mayors in the north of England could prevent a “brain drain” from the region, according to a think tank.

A report by Policy Exchange says elected mayors would be better placed to attract technology companies to the North and create thousands of new high-tech jobs in the process.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has previously backed the idea of introducing more elected mayors in UK cities, saying such a move would help create a 'northern powerhouse'.