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    1. 13 hours ago

      Ed Miliband attacks Conservatives’ ‘1930s vision’

      Ed Miliband has accused the Tories of planning to take Britain “back to the 1930s”, as he ended the political year claiming...

    2. December 15, 2014

      Cameron defends plans for cuts as ‘common sense’

      David Cameron has defended Conservative plans for public spending cuts through the next parliament as “sensible and...

    1. December 10, 2014

      Ed Balls vows to cut spending to clear UK deficit

      A Labour government will cut unprotected departmental spending every year until the deficit is cleared, the party says,...

    2. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne takes Commons on a mission to Mars

      Towards the end of his Autumn Statement speech, George Osborne suddenly started talking about Britain taking a leading role...

    3. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Balls slams Osborne over borrowing

      George Osborne’s claims of fiscal probity in his Autumn Statement were savaged by Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, who...

    4. November 26, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: George Osborne to give more powers to Leeds and Sheffield

      George Osborne is expected to use next week’s Autumn Statement to give more control of spending on transport, housebuilding...

    5. November 25, 2014

      Osborne to pledge balanced budget law

      George Osborne will next week announce plans to put into law a promise to balance Britain’s underlying budget deficit by the...

    6. November 13, 2014

      Labour vows to impose fines for tax-dodging

      Labour plans to fine taxpayers who fall foul of the new general anti-abuse rule, aimed at stamping out aggressive tax...

    7. November 6, 2014

      Labour sees inquiry as CMA jumping before it was pushed

      The Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to launch a full inquiry into Britain’s banking system was seen by the...

    8. October 24, 2014

      Owners of ‘mansions’ ponder prospect of £3,000 annual tax

      Almost anywhere else in the country, the 1970s brick-and-concrete terrace would be well within the reach of most homeowners....

    9. October 24, 2014

      The deficit will kill the property bubble

      I have a friend who has been trying to sell a central London flat for eight months. Another has had a large house on the...

    10. October 20, 2014

      Labour announces limited reshuffle

      Ed Miliband promoted the Blairite former minister Pat McFadden to speak for the party on Europe in a limited reshuffle on...

    11. October 20, 2014

      ‘Mansion tax’ will mean bill of £250 a month, says Ed Balls

      Homeowners with property valued at £2m to £3m will face an extra tax bill of £3,000 a year if Labour comes to power, but the...

    12. October 16, 2014

      Ed Miliband forms anti-Ukip unit

      Ed Miliband has asked four of his most senior MPs in northern English seats to form an anti-UK Independence party unit to...

    13. September 28, 2014

      Britons deserve candour from their leaders

      The central fact of British politics is the fiscal deficit. Whoever governs after the general election next May will spend...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      September 24, 2014

      In the driving seat

      Charlie Bibby/FT Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, takes part in a driving game on a stand in the conference hall at the Labour...

    15. September 23, 2014

      Business attacks Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour conference

      Business leaders lined up to criticise Ed Miliband for barely touching on economic growth in a speech that opened up new...

    16. September 22, 2014

      Balls plays to the public with promise of rectitude

      Ed Balls was met with silence from several thousand delegates in a packed conference hall in Manchester on Monday as he...

    17. September 22, 2014

      Miliband plans mansion tax to boost NHS

      Ed Miliband will announce plans on Tuesday to use a “mansion tax” and an annual profit tax on tobacco companies to fund...

    18. September 22, 2014

      Ed Balls delivers a touch of mush on a pink background

      Ed Balls gave his big conference speech in front of a backdrop that said simply “Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future”. It did...

    19. September 22, 2014

      Douglas Alexander urges Labour party to woo big businesses

      Labour’s campaign chief has urged his party to build better relations with corporate Britain, as senior figures admit that...

    20. September 22, 2014

      Ed Balls’s deficit hawkishness fails to impress

      Ed Balls wanted to sound tough at the Labour party conference, talking about “balancing the books”, cutting ministerial pay...

    21. September 21, 2014

      Balls plans child benefit cut to help trim deficit

      Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls will on Monday promise “not to flinch from the tough decisions” needed to balance...

    22. September 9, 2014

      Pro-Union parties back swift deal on ‘modern home rule’ for Scots

      An accelerated timetable to give more tax and spending powers to the Scottish parliament was backed by Labour, Tory and...

    23. August 29, 2014

      Miliband looks at health tax as defining feature of manifesto

      Ed Miliband is to put the NHS at the centre of Labour’s election campaign and is considering an earmarked “health tax” or...

    24. August 25, 2014

      Alex Salmond faces pressure on currency and Scottish prospects

      Alex Salmond will face renewed pressure on currency and economic prospects for an independent Scotland on Monday in his...

    25. August 5, 2014

      Taxing companies – first mover advantage

      Ed Balls, who has a high chance of being the UK’s next chancellor of the exchequer, has announced that the opposition Labour...

    26. July 30, 2014

      BoE unveils stricter rules on bonuses

      The Bank of England on Wednesday unveiled proposals for stricter regulatory regime that will see reckless bankers sent to...

    27. July 21, 2014

      Miliband confronts UK Labour activists on spending policy

      Labour leader Ed Miliband was so keen to prove his financial discipline at a key policy forum that he deployed several...

    28. July 18, 2014

      CBI questions Labour’s part-nationalisation rail plans

      John Cridland, the head of the CBI employers’ federation, has questioned the wisdom of Labour’s plans to part-nationalise...

    29. July 16, 2014

      CBI warns politicians not to rock the boat

      The head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned politicians not to wreck the country’s “best economic launch...

    30. June 30, 2014

      Balls says Labour’s priority is investment rather than tax cuts

      Tax incentives for long-term investors would be the priority for an incoming Labour government rather than cuts in...

    31. June 27, 2014

      Balls plans crackdown on tax avoidance

      Labour would close a tax loophole used to move profits to tax havens as part of a crackdown on avoidance aimed at delivering...

    32. June 27, 2014

      Let’s play economics-by-metaphor

      “A riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma.” That was Winston Churchill’s view of Russia one month after the...

    33. June 25, 2014

      Ed Balls challenges Tory opposition to manifesto audits

      Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, has claimed George Osborne is running scared over Labour’s call for the independent fiscal...

    34. June 23, 2014

      Balls adjusts ‘mansion tax’ plan to soothe homeowners

      Labour has sought to placate owners of high value properties by modifying its policy of levying an extra “mansion tax” on...

    35. June 17, 2014

      Insider eyes financial services shake-up

      Few politicians make it into the British government after crossing the cabinet’s most powerful figure after the prime...

    36. Westminster Blog

      June 17, 2014

      Tax relief on pensions to become election battlefield

      Tax relief on pensions looks set to become a key battleground at next year’s general election with Labour and the Lib Dems...

    37. June 15, 2014

      The real clever cogs in Labour’s machine

      Some of the most influential figures in Labour politics are people the public may not have heard of. They are not, in the...

    38. June 12, 2014

      Labour big beasts warn Miliband on alienating City

      Ed Miliband has been warned by two former Labour ministers that he is alienating business leaders by speaking a language...

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