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    1. October 19, 2014

      Treasury rules out election giveaways as tax revenues fall short

      Cabinet ministers have been warned by the Treasury that it is likely they will have to rein in their spending in the run-up...

    2. October 18, 2014

      Alexander to replace Cable as LibDem shadow chancellor

      Vince Cable is to lose his role as the Liberal Democrats’ “shadow chancellor” at the next election, after Nick Clegg...

    1. October 13, 2014

      Minister seeks emergency winter funding for NHS

      Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander wants to use the Autumn Statement to inject emergency funding into the National...

    2. October 7, 2014

      Lib Dems start jockeying to succeed Clegg

      With the Liberal Democrats on 8 per cent in the polls and facing the possible loss of half their seats, the party’s most...

    3. October 6, 2014

      LibDems face losing most of seats back to Labour

      Opinion polls suggest the Liberal Democrats are likely to lose most of the seats they are defending against Labour at the...

    4. October 6, 2014

      Vince Cable pledges rates relief for growing businesses

      Small companies looking to expand into improved premises will be given relief on their business rates to tackle a “real...

    5. September 19, 2014

      Scottish referendum: How complacency nearly lost a united kingdom

      When scholars come to write the history of Scotland’s 2014 independence campaign they may conclude the UK was saved by an...

    6. September 19, 2014

      Pro-union campaigners cheer first result

      Pro-unionist campaigners erupted with joy to the news of the first declared result in Scotland’s independence referendum,...

    7. September 17, 2014

      Scotland jobless fall seized on by both sides

      News that Scotland’s unemployment rate has dropped below the UK’s was seized on by campaigners ahead of Thursday’s...

    8. September 15, 2014

      Scottish independence: Cameron begs Scots to avoid ‘painful divorce’

      David Cameron has made a last-ditch plea to Scots to vote against independence in this week’s referendum, begging them: “Do...

    9. September 12, 2014

      Scotland after the vote: pensions

      Scots are being promised more generous state pensions which they may be eligible to receive before pensioners in the rest of...

    10. September 11, 2014

      Downing St reception used to goad business chiefs into action

      It was at a reception at Downing Street on Monday evening that the prime minister issued a “call to arms” from Britain’s top...

    11. September 3, 2014

      Whitehall’s new boss needs powers

      Britain used to boast that it possessed a “Rolls-Royce” civil service. These days the analogy is more likely to be with a...

    12. August 1, 2014

      Cameron and Osborne accused of ‘pork barrel’ politics

      David Cameron and George Osborne were accused by the Liberal Democrats of “cynically using public money to go after marginal...

    13. July 14, 2014

      Oil companies welcome North Sea tax review

      Oil companies have welcomed the UK government’s announcement on Monday that it is reviewing the North Sea oil tax regime,...

    14. July 14, 2014

      Danny Alexander accused of ‘pork barrel politics’

      After four years of cuts, George Osborne is not only the Treasury minister enjoying the prospect of distributing government...

    15. July 6, 2014

      Top mandarins clash with ministers on Whitehall reform

      Three of Britain’s most powerful civil servants have clashed with ministers on Whitehall reforms, exposing simmering...

    16. June 11, 2014

      Scotland accuses UK of seeking to alter grant formula

      The Scottish government has accused the UK government of seeking to alter the way it calculates how much money to transfer...

    17. June 6, 2014

      Economists doubt benefits of Scottish independence

      Most professional economists are deeply sceptical of claims that Scotland would be better off as an independent nation,...

    18. June 4, 2014

      Bigger deficit forecast for an independent Scotland

      Falling oil supplies and spending pledges would result in an £8.6bn deficit in Scotland’s first year of independence,...

    19. Off Message

      May 29, 2014

      What price on Scotland's undecided voter?

      The below is a full version of the short opinion piece that appeared in the FT on Thursday. They live in a town in the...

    20. May 28, 2014

      Scotland data duel stokes voter distrust

      The UK and Scottish governments squared off on Wednesday in a statistical showdown over the costs and benefits of...

    21. May 28, 2014

      Scottish ministers bewilder voters with bad stats

      The Edinburgh Festival of Bad Statistics began on Wednesday with rival performances from two of Scotland’s best-known...

    22. Off Message

      May 28, 2014

      The nonsense of the 'independence bonus'

      Alex Salmond said on Wednesday that Scottish households could expect an “independence bonus” of £2,000 by 2030 if they voted...

    23. May 28, 2014

      Dispute over economic impact of Scottish independence

      The two sides in the Scottish independence battle unveiled starkly contrasting assessments of the economic costs and...

    24. Westminster Blog

      May 14, 2014

      Improving economic data belies stubborn youth unemployment

      Danny Alexander is in a cheerful mood this morning, hailing a “jobs-rich recovery” on the back of fresh employment data. The...

    25. May 4, 2014

      Internal candidate emerges as Whitehall ‘chief financial officer’

      Whitehall has chosen a civil servant as the first finance chief in charge of its £700bn coffers, dashing hopes that a...

    26. May 1, 2014

      Scotland would be downgraded, says Moody’s

      Scotland will suffer a double downgrade of its credit rating if it votes for independence this year, one of the world’s...

    27. April 30, 2014

      UK Treasury steps up drive against Scottish independence

      The UK Treasury is stepping up its drive against Scottish independence with a speech by chief secretary Danny Alexander that...

    28. April 28, 2014

      City lawyer’s analysis warns of ‘uncertainty’ threat of EU exit

      Britain’s basic commercial regime would be cast into “uncertainty and doubt” by years or decades of diplomatic wrangling if...

    29. April 27, 2014

      UK Treasury prepares to ‘bust’ myths around Scottish independence

      The UK government is preparing to mount its biggest assault yet on the Scottish government’s fiscal case for independence, a...

    30. April 24, 2014

      Cornish nationalists celebrate start of parity

      Cornish pasties and clotted cream are already protected under EU law, but on Thursday the people west of the River Tamar...

    31. April 24, 2014

      Cornwall granted minority status by Europe

      Cornwall’s claims to a separate culture, language and identity are to be recognised by Europe, the UK government will...

    32. April 9, 2014

      Liberal Democrats make fresh push on UK mansion tax

      Owners of homes worth more than £2m would be hit with a new levy based on higher council tax bands, under a revised “mansion...

    33. March 31, 2014

      Alistair Darling moots UK vote on Scottish currency union

      The campaign against Scottish independence was thrown into disarray on Monday when its leader left open the possibility of...

    34. March 29, 2014

      Coalition denies Scotland currency is just campaign tactic

      George Osborne and Danny Alexander have been forced to deny that an independent Scotland would be allowed to join a currency...

    35. Westminster Blog

      March 26, 2014

      LIVE: Clegg vs Farage - The Europe debate

      With two months to go until the European elections, the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party went...

    36. March 24, 2014

      Cameron’s coalition is a bazaar for big, radical ideas

      Historians of the coalition government will have to work out how Britain came to be governed so radically by such...

    37. March 13, 2014

      Danny Alexander finds £1bn for potential tax cuts in UK Budget

      Danny Alexander, Treasury chief secretary, has freed up £1bn for potential tax cuts in the Budget with a shake-up of the way...

    38. March 13, 2014

      Unions slam 1% public sector pay rise

      Trade unions threatened industrial action on Thursday as the government announced below inflation pay rises for hundreds of...

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