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    1. July 28, 2015

      Pensions minister and chancellor divided

      In the heat of the fiercely contested 2015 election battle, the Conservatives took the decision to bring one of the...

    2. July 27, 2015

      Cheers replace jeers for George Osborne the arch-survivor

      When George Osborne handed out medals to Paralympic athletes in 2012 he was booed, the jeers reverberating around...

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    1. July 27, 2015

      An early EU referendum will kill off David Cameron’s premiership

      In The Golden Bough, James George Frazer scandalised Victorians by itemising the similarities between myths,...

    2. July 20, 2015

      Parties join to build foundations of Yes to Europe campaign

      Three figures from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are working together to set up the foundations...

    3. July 20, 2015

      Rutland council targets growth as well as savings

      A world away from Oldham’s metropolitan challenges, Rutland, England’s smallest county, has gambled on growth. The...

    4. July 14, 2015

      Labour and corporate leaders grit their teeth

      David Cameron’s 2006 commitment to “responsible capitalism” used to be mocked by Labour as little more than an...

    5. July 14, 2015

      Conservatives drop plans to relax fox hunting ban

      Constitutional history will be made in the House of Commons on Wednesday by one bill that is being debated and one that...

    6. July 14, 2015

      UK companies told to publish gender pay audits

      Companies with more than 250 employees will have to publish the difference in average pay between men and women workers...

    7. July 13, 2015

      Osborne’s experience of failure is the secret of his success

      George Osborne was not a fool in 2012 and he is not a genius now. His convalescence from ailing chancellor to putative...

    8. July 12, 2015

      Contradictions of the Conservatives’ housing policy

      Britain urgently needs to build more homes. Any discussion of the UK’s housing crisis must focus unswervingly on the...

    9. July 12, 2015

      Michael Gove overturns ban on receiving books in prison

      Prisoners will be able to receive books as gifts direct from relatives and friends rather than being restricted to...

    10. July 11, 2015

      PM ‘seeking EU employment law opt out’

      Downing Street has described as “noise and speculation”, but has not denied, reports that David Cameron is seeking to...

    11. July 10, 2015

      Osborne’s ‘One Nation’ still under construction

      For such a young chancellor, it was a curiously Victorian peroration. George Osborne ended his Budget on Wednesday with...

    12. July 10, 2015

      Conservatives prepare for attack on trade union political funds

      The Conservative government will launch an attack on Labour’s biggest source of funding within days by announcing plans...

    13. July 9, 2015

      Osborne takes on ‘Nimby’ shires with planning shake-up

      George Osborne will announce sweeping planning reforms on Friday to speed up housebuilding in Britain, sidelining...

    14. July 9, 2015

      Ministers delay ‘English votes’ plan

      Ministers have delayed plans to give additional voting rights to MPs from England and Wales on bills affecting their...

    15. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Disraeli’s heir dishes the Labour party

      George Osborne has delivered the first Conservative Budget for 18 years. It is a boldly political one. Yet it also...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      July 8, 2015

      Working on a Budget

      Chancellor, George Osborne, leaves Downing street to deliver the Budget on Wednesday. The first Budget after the...

    17. July 5, 2015

      Cameron’s war on tax credits could backfire

      Soon the guessing will be at an end. In this year’s election Britain’s Conservative party campaigned on a programme of...

    18. July 3, 2015

      Cameron’s dangerous plan on English votes

      When Scotland voted to reject independence last year many assumed that the United Kingdom had been saved and the issue...

    19. July 3, 2015

      Treasury considers big shake-up of UK pension tax

      Treasury officials are considering a big shake-up of the tax treatment of pensions, prompting warnings from the UK...

    20. Off Message

      July 2, 2015

      The consequences of 'English Votes for English Laws'

      In a devolution debate in 1977, Tam Dalyell, the Labour MP for West Lothian asked: For how long will English...

    21. July 1, 2015

      Cameron’s ‘no ifs, no buts’ Heathrow runway stance dealt big blow

      A dead apple tree in a field west of London is a forlorn reminder of David Cameron’s once-passionate resistance to the...

    22. Off Message

      July 1, 2015

      A new approach to child poverty

      Poverty has many causes. The subject is studied by economists, sociologists, historians and epidemiologists, as well as...

    23. July 1, 2015

      Sajid Javid raises doubts over industry policy

      Sajid Javid now refers to the government’s “industrial strategy” as an “industrial approach” — a linguistic shift which...

    24. June 30, 2015

      Andrew Tyrie reluctantly backs quango to simplify tax

      Parliament should be told every year whether the tax system is getting simpler or more complex, Andrew Tyrie has told...

    25. June 29, 2015

      Javid criticises CBI for pro-European stance

      Sajid Javid on Monday rebuked big business over its pro-European stance, suggesting the CBI’s enthusiasm for continued...

    26. June 29, 2015

      Leading Tory calls for end to protection of NHS budget

      The most senior Conservative in local government has called for an end to the ringfence protecting National Health...

    27. June 28, 2015

      Cameron reins in ministers as he aims to capitalise on poll win

      Downing Street has put ministers and civil servants on a tight rein since the general election as David Cameron seeks...

    28. June 28, 2015

      Anti-Heathrow groups to step up protests ahead of runway decision

      Anti-Heathrow campaigners are planning a big rally in central London this autumn in the event that Sir Howard Davies...

    29. Off Message

      June 25, 2015

      Did the smoking ban help the rise of Ukip?

      According to new demographic statistics released on Thursday, Britain is becoming more populous, diverse, urban — and...

    30. June 21, 2015

      Gove plans freedom of information crackdown

      Ministers are planning a crackdown on Britain’s freedom of information laws in a move critics say undermines David...

    31. June 21, 2015

      Cameron urged to reveal EU renegotiation plan

      Conservative party eurosceptics are demanding more details of David Cameron’s EU renegotiation package in time for the...

    32. June 21, 2015

      Cameron signals assault on tax credits in search for welfare cuts

      Britain must stop the “merry-go-round” of handing out welfare support to those in jobs, David Cameron said as he...

    33. June 21, 2015

      UK faces pressure to commit to Nato target

      The UK will come under further pressure to commit to support for the military on Monday when Nato publishes its latest...

    34. June 19, 2015

      Tory rebel leader brings evangelical zeal to eurosceptic cause

      Less than a fortnight ago, Steve Baker was just another Conservative backbencher. But since becoming joint leader of...

    35. June 17, 2015

      Chairman of Bibby shipping group named CBI president

      Britain’s leading business lobby group has nominated Paul Drechsler, the chairman of a family-owned shipping to...

    36. June 17, 2015

      First multinationals warn over being hit by Osborne’s ‘Google tax’

      A group of US-listed companies have become the first multinationals to warn investors they could be hit by the UK’s new...

    37. June 15, 2015

      George Osborne, UK chancellor who grew up and became an idealist

      Political commentators live on a necessary conceit. We pretend that middle aged men — the people who, for the most...

    38. June 15, 2015

      UK’s PM criticised for defending bill at Magna Carta anniversary

      David Cameron has marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta — the document that “changed the world” — with a...

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