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Eric Joyce said the public’s expectations on politicians were “risible”. “The public sort of want two things from politicians. They want people who will do their best to fix things from a personal point of view with their constituents or... Continue to article
Chris Leslie said the Autumn Statement failed to deal with the fundamental problems with the economy. "I don't think that my colleagues believe that George Osborne has a superior argument, in fact I think Ed Balls was certainly trying hi... Continue to article
Lord Kinnock called for higher taxes on the wealthy to help ease the burden of austerity. “It depends who is required to pay the additional tax, because what we’ve got is a country in which the top rate of tax on people [earning] over £1... Continue to article
It wasn't until just before midnight on Wednesday, less than 12 hours before George Osborne was due to stand up in the Commons, that the speech for the Autumn Statement was finished. Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Culture, media and sport questions (topicals at 10.05am) 10.15am: Women and equalities questions 10.30am: Business statement Main Business Select committee statement on the publication of the first repo... Continue to article
George Osborne said the Government's economic plan was working but the jobs was not done. "I'm here in JCB in Staffordshire because 2,500 jobs are being created here, and that's an investment in Britain and that helps everyone in Britain... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield Greg Clark is clutching a birthday present from his wife, with the glow of a man whose spouse knows exactly what he wants. The item he describes as ‘one of my proudest possessions’ is not a... Continue to article
Two and half years ago when I started researching and writing a book on the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland, certain friends advised against it. By the time it was published wouldn’t the RBS disaster have been resolved? Surely t... Continue to article
Ed Balls said George Osborne was moving the goalposts on the economy. "One fact I gave the House of Commons today was that the Government has borrowed more in three years of the national debt than the last Labour government did in 13 yea... Continue to article
Caroline Flint accused the Government of complacency, arguing the recovery was not being shared across all sectors of society. "The truth of is that we have heard today a complacent government that wants to crow about growth which has ac... Continue to article
Lord Heseltine praised the Chancellor’s “masterly performance” during today’s Autumn Statement. “It was a masterly performance. George Osborne is a very far-seeing Chancellor. He has a strategy, he got it right and he’s telling the tru... Continue to article
Green party press release Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s Autumn Statement was dominated by short-term political considerations and a failure yet again to either address the underlying, structural problems which weaken the h... Continue to article
Here are some of the key bits of George Osborne’s announcements today: Stats Growth upgraded by the Office for Budget Responsibility “At the time of the Budget in March, the OBR forecast that growth this year would be 0.6 per cent. ... Continue to article
Chris Leslie said there was “precious little delivery” of infrastructure, despite the launch of more proposals today. “We’re quite used to Danny Alexander every six months or so putting out another press release – it’s what he does best ... Continue to article
Can George Osborne reset the political agenda? Continue to article
The Government has been bounced into its plan for a £50 cut to energy bills by Labour's positioning on the issue, a Liberal Democrat MP has said. Speaking to the Westminster Hour programme on BBC Radio 4, Ian Swales indicated the junior ... Continue to article
George Osborne said energy companies had to pass on a cut in green levies on energy bills onto consumers. "What we’re going to do is roll back the levies that are placed by government on people’s electricity bills. This will mean that fo... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne delivers the Autumn Statement to the House of Commons (11.15) Home secretary Theresa May attends a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels Climate change minister Greg Barker speaks at the... Continue to article
George Osborne said refocusing the Funding for Lending Scheme towards helping small businesses would ensure that the economic recovery was “sustained and enduring”. “The Governor and I have decided to make sure it focuses now on business... Continue to article
Last night David Cameron, George Osborne and Lynton Crosby held a meeting with the Conservative parliamentary party. Continue to article
Alistair Carmichael dismissed suggestions from Alex Salmond the SNP white paper on independence was in the best interests of the UK. "There's never been any doubt that Alex Salmond wanted to keep the pound. The fact is that he's come up ... Continue to article
George Osborne called claims that RBS is deliberately pushing small firms to the wall "shocking". "That is a shocking story, now, by the way, the reason it’s on the front page of the newspapers is this is someone the Government asked to ... Continue to article
Ed Balls accused Nick Clegg of lying over claims that he received a large donation from disgraced Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers. “To allege and smear that I have received £50,000 from Paul Flowers, it’s a lie, and I hope he will withd... Continue to article
Mark Garnier said any Co-op inquiry would take time to do properly. "I think we’ve got to be slightly careful about how we push this forwards. There are 4.7m customers who are feeling pretty bruised about this whole thing. The organisati... Continue to article
Labour press release New research by the House of Commons Library released today shows how much firms in each region would save under Labour’s plans to cut business rates in 2015 and freeze them in 2016. Businesses are facing a tax h... Continue to article
George Osborne announced the Government would step in to safeguard the concessionary coal allowance for ex-miners. “There were ex-miners who lost the discretionary coal they were getting because the company they worked for went bust, and... Continue to article
Treasury press release £4bn EnQuest North Sea investment expected to create thousands of jobs around the country Huge investment made possible by UK oil and gas tax regime The UK’s largest independent oil company, EnQuest, has anno... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne speaks at The Telegraph festival of business in Manchester Education secretary Michael Gove is expected to deliver a speech on children's services and protection Business secretary Vince Cable continues his v... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused the Government of “giving with one hand and taking with the other” after ministers announced plans to shift the burden of green levies off energy bills and onto general taxation. Speaking at Treasury Questions today,... Continue to article
Labour party press release Ed Miliband speech on dealing with the cost of living, 5 November 2013 Ed Miliband will today (Tuesday) declare that the battle lines for the next election have now been drawn between a One Nation Labour Par... Continue to article
Thank you, Mike. And on a personal note, let me start by saying that - while for many of you this session may feel like just one more in a long line of politicians speaking today - for me this is actually a bit of a milestone. I first at... Continue to article
Labour party press release Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to announcements about the future of RBS, said: "After the firesales of Royal Mail and Northern Rock, we will scrutinise George Osborne’s plans for the fut... Continue to article
The Chancellor of the Exchequer (George Osborne): Today I can report to the House that the Government has concluded its review into the case for a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) "bad bank‟ and the new management of RBS is setting out a new di... Continue to article
George Osborne defended the decision to create an internal 'bad bank' within RBS, and said the move had the support of the Government, RBS management and the Bank of England. "We have split the bad bank from the good bank, but we've don... Continue to article
We’ve heard plenty about Barack Obama trying to “pivot” the US away from the Old World and towards the China and the Pacific, but could a similar shift be occurring among the British public? Certainly George Osborne and Boris Johnso... Continue to article
The Tory leadership’s obsession with China is no flash in the pan. Before coming to power, David Cameron and George Osborne were evangelical in their enthusiasm for improving Britain’s links with the world’s emerging economic superpowe... Continue to article
After a difficult year, UK-China relations have improved in recent months. How important are visits from ministers such as George Osborne in developing ties and deepening understanding? Ambassador Liu: The frequent exchange of high ... Continue to article
On his visit to Beijing, George Osborne suggested British attitudes towards China were outdated. Has there been a shift in recent years? Sebastian Wood: The first thing I’d say is that compared with other European countries, and th... Continue to article
Words: Daniel Bond Pictures: Paul Heartfield Lord Macartney’s mission to Beijing in 1792, the first high level contact between Britain and Qing Dynasty China, was once described as the “most significant event in world history”.... Continue to article
Richard Lloyd, Executive Director of Which? calls on Chancellor George Osborne to help hard-pressed consumers in the Autumn Statement by cutting the big six and the cost of government energy policies. Continue to article
Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to HMRC evidence at the Public Accounts Committee admitting how much has been raised this financial year from the Swiss tax agreement, said: "We warned two years ago that th... Continue to article
Lord Lawson said the Government needed to be carefully to ensure that neither quantitative easing, nor the Help to Buy scheme caused another economic or housing bubble. “It [Help to Buy] could [cause a housing bubble] if it’s not switche... Continue to article
George Osborne said today’s growth figures vindicated the Government’s economic policies, adding that the UK was now on the “path to prosperity”. “I just completely reject the Labour plan which was on offer then to borrow more and more m... Continue to article
It’s a measure of how one-sided the immigration debate has become that an earnest European Commission study attempting to reassure the public about benefit tourism became yet another stick with which to beat EU migrants. The EU comm... Continue to article
George Osborne rejected the idea that Labour’s energy price freeze would help solve the cost of living crisis, dismissing it as a “con trick”. “Labour created this economic mess, Labour were the people who made this country poorer; now t... Continue to article
George Osborne argued the Chinese Communist Party was more favourable to the free market than the British Labour party. "They’re a lot more market-oriented, this lot, than the British Labour party are at the moment. And you see in a comp... Continue to article
George Osborne said increasing Chinese financial participation in the UK would help both nations’ economies prosper. “Of course London’s a big player, but so are all the other parts of the United Kingdom, and what you’re going to see inc... Continue to article
We know Boris Johnson is never one to shy away from a Kodak moment. And this week's visit to China is no exception. But George Osborne has been far more shy and retiring in front of the camera on his visit to the same lands... The May...
Boris Johnson has pointed to Anglo-Chinese relations in the Harry Potter novels as representing "the future of Britain". The Mayor of London’s comments came as he continued his tour of China, where George Osborne is also on a trade visit.... Continue to article
George Osborne said the relaxation of visa rules was part of a new phase of the UK-Chinese relationship. "They’ll require visas but those visas will be much easier to get and what we want to see is Chinese tourists, just as a generation ... Continue to article
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today urged Chinese students to reap the benefits of the lucrative global market by joining more than 100,000 international students already pursuing their education at one of London’s top Universities. T... Continue to article
SUMMARY - Chancellor will hail the "the next big step in the relationship between Britain and China" - Will use trip to strengthen strategic ties and secure specific investments in sectors that will drive both countries' growth - Announces ... Continue to article
Today (13 October) in Beijing the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a number of measures to simplify and streamline the visa application process for visitors from China. The three key steps announced today are: - Introd... Continue to article
Greater London Authority press release The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today urged Chinese students to reap the benefits of the lucrative global market by joining more than 100,000 international students already pursuing their educati... 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".
08/12/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
08/12/2013 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
08/12/2013 on Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
06/12/2013 on Daybreak, ITV
05/12/2013 on BBC News
05/12/2013 on BBC News
05/12/2013 on BBC News
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4 hours ago on Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4
4 hours ago on Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4
08/12/2013 on The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4