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One of the problems with having someone like George Osborne at or near the top of government is that politics gets treated as a game. Continue to article
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Boris Johnson said he would not stand for Parliament in 2015, spurred on by the thrill of transport projects like the “tunnelising” of the Hammersmith flyover. “I am going to be getting on, as I have never tired of telling you over the l... Continue to article
Labour press release Jon Ashworth, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, commenting on reports of a row between George Osborne and Boris Johnson over the future leadership of the Conservative Party, said: "Working people are on ave... Continue to article
Lord Stern called on the Government to commit to eliminating coal as a source of electricity by 2025. "What they could do is to first confirm that their targets for 2025 of 50% reductions relative to 1990 stand, because that’s the so-cal... Continue to article
Until now I’ve always discounted George Osborne as Cameron’s successor. He generally polls badly and has nothing of the charisma or presence of a Boris or a Dave. Continue to article
Labour is committed to reducing the deficit in a fairer way. At a time when ordinary families face a cost-of-living crisis as prices rise faster than wages, there’s very little fairness to be found in this Government’s tax cut for the top 1... Continue to article
This year is set to be a momentous one for Scotland. All eyes will be on us as we welcome the world to our Year of Homecoming, with more than 400 events taking place the length and breadth of the country. We will stage the Comm... Continue to article
Chris Leslie challenged George Osborne to force RBS to reduce its bonus pay-outs, after the bank announced pre-tax losses of £8.2bn. “People will be exasperated, incredulous but also quite depressed about this situation… “I think pers... Continue to article
David Gauke said the Government's advertising campaign against tax evasion would remind the small minority of people that attempts to hide money offshore would be unsuccessful. "I think it is always helpful to underline the fact that HMR... Continue to article
George Osborne today warned against a bitter “blame game” as bickering between the world’s major economies threatened to derail a G20 agreement on how to safeguard a global recovery. Continue to article
Thousands of London children will learn Mandarin as part of a drive to open up Chinese trade and tourism, George Osborne is to announce tomorrow. Continue to article
George Osborne said the Government's 'long term economic plan' was responsible for falling inflation. "Inflation has fallen again and it’s now below the Bank of England target for the first time in four years. That’s further evidence tha... Continue to article
Scotland's First Minister has hit back at George Osborne for suggesting maintaining currency union in the event of a Yes vote to independence would be impossible. In a speech to business leaders in Aberdeen, Alex Salmond argued lectures ... Continue to article
Alex Salmond today branded George Osborne’s claim that an independent Scotland would have to lose the pound as “ill-thought-out and misinformed”. Continue to article
Some might say it was a good trade: George Osborne sent to Edinburgh while London got Scotland’s impressive Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Continue to article
Alex Salmond accused Treasury permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson of acting as a “shield for George Osborne” after the official warned the Chancellor against a currency union with an independent Scotland. “I thought the most inte... Continue to article
Ed Davey insisted the Government had been “galvanised” by the need to respond properly to the flooding crisis. “There’s been a lot of planning before this. We were spending a lot of money on coastal defences and on flooding defences gene... Continue to article
Henry McLeish warned that George Osborne’s decision to rule out a currency union with an independent Scotland could drive Scots to vote in favour of independence. “A lot of people are concerned in Scotland – I certainly am – about the to... Continue to article
Could it be Bodie and Doyle? Perhaps Starsky and Hutch? Morse and Lewis? Whoever provided the inspiration, someone in Downing Street has clearly been watching too many old TV cop shows because what George Osborne’s performance today was the final part of an old-fashioned good cop, bad cop routine. Continue to article
The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding was chaired today by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The new Committee was set up by the Prime Minister earlier this week to coordinate strategic long-term plans on flood recovery a... Continue to article
The Chancellor has accused Alex Salmond of recklessness for suggesting an independent Scotland could default on its debt if excluded from a currency union with the rest of the UK. George Osborne argued the First Minister's warning showed... Continue to article
George Osborne: "I could not as Chancellor recommend that we could share the pound with an independent Scotland."
Ian Murray said losing the Pound would be bad news for Scotland. "What is clear is [George Osborne is] only reflecting on what the Governor of the Bank of England said on Scotland a couple of weeks ago, but setting up a eurozone-style cu... Continue to article
George Osborne is preparing to freeze a tax on fossil fuels used to generate electricity for up to four years in response to pleas to lower energy costs for industry. Continue to article
Supported cross party appeal for reduction in VAT for tourism and hospitality sector. It would boost economy and make money for Treasury.
Nick Clegg has laughed off the idea Danny Alexander has “gone native” in George Osborne’s Treasury. The Chancellor’s aide Rob Wilson claimed last night that Mr Clegg had complained that Mr Alexander had become too close to the Conservat... Continue to article
George Osborne said the Government was ready to act to deal with the problems caused by extra rain on already flooded areas. “We’ve got more potential storms coming and the Government will be on the case of dealing with the problems as... Continue to article
George Osborne has warned that recent weak economic data from the United States is one of the main international risks to Britain's economic recovery. The Chancellor warned peers on the Lords Economic Affairs committee that it was "worth... Continue to article
Is George Osborne’s recovery a credit-driven illusion? Many of his critics says so, and ask – as this magazine did two weeks ago – why we still have emergency interest… Continue reading The post Why O... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne are expected to attend the annual Conservative Party fundraising ball in London Defence secretary Philip Hammond is expected to make a statement on Afghanistan in the House of Co... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Lord Bishop of Peterborough will be introduced Oral questions, to ask the government: - What steps they are taking to support national voter registration day on Wednesday 5 February which seeks to encourage new... Continue to article
Nobody was too surprised to see corporate Britain railing against Ed Balls’ pledge to restore the 50p top rate of tax this week. This relatively modest move was greeted as “extreme socialist nonsense” (Richard Caring), “anti-business” ... Continue to article
It’s time to put a stop to the flood of crap writing and poverty tourism programmes which are coming, particularly, from Channel Four. They use the poor as entertainment and demonise poverty and the non-working-class for the delectatio... Continue to article
George Osborne said the latest GDP figures showed the Government was delivering a more balanced economy than under Labour and said the biggest threat to the recovery would be to abandon their economic plan. "Economic growth is broadly b... Continue to article
Chris Leslie accused George Osborne of not wanting to talk about the top rate of tax because it showed the Government was “He didn’t want to talk about the 50p rate at all because he knows, actually, the public want, yes, deficit reducti... Continue to article
The Chancellor has left the door open to cutting the top rate of tax from 45% to 40% after a heated exchange in the Commons. Ed Balls laid down a challenge to George Osborne at Treasury Questions, asking him to rule out a further cut in ... Continue to article
Ed Balls said George Osborne was not making the long-term reforms the economy needed to have a sustainable recovery. "It’s good to have some growth back finally. We’ve had three years of flatlining where the economy didn’t grow and final... Continue to article
Ed Balls said the Shadow Cabinet had all had a chance to discuss the 50p top rate of tax proposal. "The whole Shadow Cabinet has been behind this since we’ve been exposing the 50p cut a year ago. Ed Miliband and I discussed this in the e... Continue to article
The Chancellor has told small business leaders that the Budget will address their concerns and problems. Speaking at the Federation of Small Business policy conference in London, George Osborne said the timing of the event, "with a budge... Continue to article
Labour's plan to reinstate the 50p top rate of income tax would damage British business, the Prime Minister has declared. Speaking at the Federation of Small Businesses' Policy Conference, David Cameron argued that while the proposal mig... Continue to article
Mark Field said it would be "pretty difficult" for George Osborne to fill his deficit pledge. "I think the real problem we face in this country, Too few businesses man and politicians, since the global financial crash, have made the case... Continue to article
Seema Malhotra said the Conservatives were "running scared" on how economic statistics were being interpreted. "The Conservatives are really running scared in terms of how the growth figures in the economy are being perceived. George Osb... Continue to article
Labour party press release The full text of Ed Balls' speech to the Fabian Society's Annual Conference Thanks to all of you for giving up your Saturday to be here today. The title of today’s conference is ‘Can Labour Change Britain... Continue to article
Labour party press release Labour to reverse Cameron's tax cut for people earning over £150,000 to get deficit down in a fairer way, Ed Balls announces The next Labour government will reverse David Cameron and George Osborne's tax cut... Continue to article
George Osborne’s announcement last night he supports an increase in the minimum wage to £7 an hour has shot Ed Miliband’s fox. And his cat, his dog, his goldfish, his hamster and his Bolivian marmoset called “Che”. Continue to article
George Osborne never shows nerves. But he and his party are worried voters are turning to Miliband on the things that matter Continue to article
It used to be a truism that politicians were afraid of talking about immigration. These days you can’t move for MPs on all sides discussing how “tough” their party’s stance has become. What they do appear scared of, though, is the r... Continue to article
Vince Cable said he was "delighted" that George Osborne had said Britain could afford an above-inflation rise in the national minimum wage. "I'm delighted to have the Chancellors' endorsement of the position I set out back in September. ... Continue to article
George Osborne today said Britain “can afford” an increase in the minimum wage, suggesting that he wanted the rate increased to at least £7 by 2015/16. Unions welcomed the comments, business groups did not, Labour accused the Chancellor... Continue to article
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.
George Osborne is putting pressure on David Cameron to drop some of the Coalition's green policies, including building more onshore wind-turbines, his father in law has claimed in an undercover video. A Greenpeace activist posing as an anti-windfarm lobbyist filmed Lord Howell and Tory MP Peter Lilley saying that Osborne used the recent ministerial reshuffle to "get people into key positions who could begin to get the Government off the hook from the commitments it made very foolishly".
The Government will take “further action” to ensure the rich contribute more towards paying down the UK’s deficit, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have signalled.
In an interview this morning, David Cameron echoed George Osborne’s insistence that the Coalition would not implement a ‘mansion tax’ or other form of wealth taxes.
He also played down the likelihood of changing the top rate of tax again, but he told the Andrew Marr Show: “We will make sure that the rich will pay their fair share, that the burden is evenly shared.”
Speaking to Sky News today, Mr Osborne ruled out a mansion tax and annual wealth levy but warned the rich will have to make an 'additional contribution' in coming Budgets.
“I don’t think either of those ideas are the right ones... we’re not going to have a new mansion tax, nor do I think it’s sensible to have a wealth tax."
Mr Cameron also confirmed the Conservatives would be looking at cutting the welfare budget further – something that Nick Clegg said he would only allow if there were corresponding measures to increase the contribution from the rich.
The Liberal Democrats are also likely to have been ruffled by Mr Osborne’s comments to the Mail on Sunday that the demands for a mansion tax were based on "the politics of resentment".
George Osborne has announced the creation of a new Office for Unconventional Gas after an independent science panel gave the go ahead for the controversial fracking process, albeit under a tight safety regime. The Chancellor's ‘dash for gas’ has been criticised by environments who fear Britain will not be able to meet carbon reduction targets.
The eurozone crisis, the US fiscal situation and a slowdown in emerging markets could usher in another global recession, George Osborne has warned a conference in Tokyo.
The warning comes as the IMF and eurozone reach a deadlock on how much of Greece's debt should be written down, with the IMF arguing £24bn writedowns will be necessary to solve the crisis.
Vince Cable has indicated improving access to finance for businesses will be a key part of the Government’s new industrial strategy which he will set out in more detail tomorrow.
Speaking in the House of Commons after Labour was granted an Urgent Question, the Business Secretary confirmed the Government was “actively looking” at the possibility of setting up a business bank to improve access to finance.
Other key areas he highlighted were dealing with problems sector-by-sector, improving technology, better skills for workers, and changing public sector procurement.
Dr Cable’s Labour counterpart Chuka Umunna was given the opportunity to scrutinise the plans ahead of the Business Secretary's announcement tomorrow.
Earlier today, the Business Department unveiled plans to exempt thousands of small businesses from health and safety regulations. At least 3,000 regulations, which some businesses have complained are holding them back, are to be removed.
Dr Cable promised the Government would now be "holding departments' feet to the fire to ensure all unnecessary red tape is cut".
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