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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. March 9, 2014

    Clegg vows to remain head of Lib Dems

    Nick Clegg has promised to remain at the head of the Liberal Democrats for at least the next six years, after a flurry of...

  7. March 9, 2014

    Political risk on agenda in UK boardrooms

    Political risk is shooting up the agenda in Britain’s boardrooms. On issues from energy prices to the immigration debate, to...

  8. March 8, 2014

    Danny Alexander tipped to replace Vince Cable in Lib Dem role

    Vince Cable, the business secretary, rallied Liberal Democrats on Friday night in a Tory-bashing spring conference speech in...

  9. March 7, 2014

    Danny Alexander warns Scots on the risk to pensions

    Scottish households would see the cost of their pensions and other financial products rise in the event of independence,...

  10. March 6, 2014

    Danny Alexander calls for looser immigration rules

    Britain will need looser immigration rules over the next decade to help plug a yawning employment gap in engineering and...

  11. March 4, 2014

    Liberal Democrats name team to lead coalition negotiations

    Nick Clegg has named a five-person Liberal Democrat team, headed by close ally Danny Alexander, to prepare for coalition...

  12. February 28, 2014

    Treasury looks at penalties for investors who leave homes empty

    Danny Alexander, the Treasury chief secretary s looking to target property investors who buy expensive homes only to leave...

  13. February 27, 2014

    Alexander says many companies want to speak against independence

    Standard Life and RBS are just the first of many Scottish companies concerned about the business risks of independence,...

  14. February 24, 2014

    Scottish bonds ‘will be riskier than Gilts’

    It is now certain that Scotland will issue its own bonds, but the big question is whether this will de done by an...

  15. February 19, 2014

    Scotland minister warns on UK cost of refusal to share pound

    British taxpayers could be landed with an annual debt service bill of up to £5.5bn if London refuses to share the pound with...

  16. February 19, 2014

    Scotland gains access to capital markets with right to sell bonds

    Scotland will be able to issue its own bonds to borrow money, Danny Alexander has announced, as the government looks to...

  17. Westminster Blog

    February 13, 2014

    Sir Nick Macpherson: very bold, perm sec

    We’ve known for two days that George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls were about to rule out sharing the pound with an...

  18. February 13, 2014

    George Osborne rules out sharing pound with an independent Scotland

    George Osborne has emphatically dismissed Scottish National party calls for a post-independence currency union, warning...

  19. Off Message

    February 12, 2014

    The pound is the SNP's poison

    An independent Scotland would be refused entry to a monetary union with the rest of the UK, according to reports on...

  20. February 11, 2014

    Westminster parties to rule out Scottish use of the pound

    Scotland will not be allowed to share the pound with the rest of the UK if it chooses independence, the three main...

  21. February 5, 2014

    UK coalition strains start to show on economy

    Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government in 2010 with a joint objective: fixing the economy. Now,...

  22. February 5, 2014

    UK coalition row over 45p tax deepens

    Danny Alexander has ruled out further cuts in the 45p top rate of tax, even as Boris Johnson, the Conservative mayor of...

  23. February 2, 2014

    Former oil executive to lead big projects watchdog

    John Manzoni, former head of refining and marketing at BP, has been appointed to head the Major Projects Authority, the...

  24. January 17, 2014

    UK warns Scotland its EU budget contributions could soar

    An independent Scotland would have to pay substantially more into the EU budget, the UK government says, adding that the...

  25. FT Alphaville

    January 13, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian equity markets started the week on a solid footing in spite of Friday’s US jobs report showing the smallest...

  26. January 12, 2014

    The Academic Week Ahead

    Monday – Jan 13 Do business in Asia Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria is sharing his views on European companies...

  27. January 12, 2014

    Treasury gives debt pledge on Scotland

    The UK Treasury will on Monday assume full responsibility for Britain’s £1.2tn debt stock in the event of Scottish...

  28. January 8, 2014

    UK public wins say in sale of state buildings and land

    The public has been invited to come forward with suggestions on which state-owned land and buildings should be sold off by...

  29. December 15, 2013

    Treasury on hunt in boardrooms for Whitehall finance chief

    The Treasury is poised to scour the nation’s boardrooms as it searches for a new finance chief able to inject...

  30. December 12, 2013

    George Osborne vows to cut welfare as coalition tensions surface

    George Osborne vowed on Thursday to find “billions of pounds of welfare savings”as coalition tensions over how to eradicate...

  31. December 12, 2013

    Coalition rift widens on road to balanced budget

    George Osborne’s promise to axe “billions of pounds” more from welfare bill if the Conservatives are re-elected highlights...

  32. Westminster Blog

    December 12, 2013

    The problem with Treasury infrastructure charts

    There was an exchange in the Commons this week between Danny Alexander and former Labour Treasury minister John Healey over...

  33. FT Photo Diary

    December 5, 2013

    Economy drive

    Charlie Bibby/FT George Osborne, UK chancellor, and Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, make their way to the...

  34. December 4, 2013

    Energy company warns it will cancel some onshore wind farms

    A renewable energy company warns that it will cancel some onshore wind farms because of subsidy cuts, even as ministers vow...

  35. December 4, 2013

    UK government revives infrastructure drive

    The government has renewed its pledge to put UK infrastructure at the heart of the economy, with a £375bn pipeline of public...

  36. December 4, 2013

    Offshore wind gains in UK shake-up of renewables subsidies

    Subsidies for onshore wind and solar power in the UK are to be cut in preference for larger subsidies for offshore power...

  37. December 4, 2013

    George Osborne shelves idea to charge tolls on A14

    George Osborne’s decision to scrap plans for tolls on the key A14 freight artery was welcomed on Tuesday in Suffolk – in...

  38. December 4, 2013

    Insurers to promise £25bn for infrastructure

    Six major insurance companies will announce plans on Wednesday to invest £25bn into UK infrastructure as ministers seek to...

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