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  1. April 15, 2014

    Osborne welcomes fall in UK inflation

    George Osborne on Tuesday welcomed a fall in inflation to 1.6 per cent, amid hopes at the Treasury that data to be published...

  2. April 13, 2014

    The two Eds need a more pro-business tone for a Labour win

    It’s the economy stupid. The next UK general election, more than any other for a generation, will pivot on which party has...

  1. April 13, 2014

    Alan Milburn urges Labour party to court business

    Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been urged by a senior Labour party figure to act and sound as if they support corporate...

  2. April 9, 2014

    A rhetorical victory lap over the UK economy is justified

    I told you so” is what he thinks. With Britain’s economy forecast to be the fastest growing advanced economy in the world,...

  3. April 7, 2014

    Labour vows to spread wealth away from London

    Ed Miliband will today promise the “biggest devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities in a hundred years”, as...

  4. April 3, 2014

    Chancellor publishes draft copies of new tax statements

    George Osborne has published draft copies of new personal tax statements that will be sent out to 24m individuals this...

  5. April 2, 2014

    No ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on Royal Mail, says Vince Cable

    Vince Cable on Wednesday denied that there was any “gentleman’s agreement” with blue-chip investors on Royal Mail...

  6. April 2, 2014

    ‘Dysfunctional’ Labour team battles over party’s direction

    When Len McCluskey urged Ed Miliband this week to adopt a more radical programme, he crystallised a debate that has been...

  7. March 31, 2014

    George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

    George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

  8. March 26, 2014

    Balls joins Osborne to vote for welfare cap despite trap claims

    George Osborne and Ed Balls walked through the Commons division lobbies together on Wednesday as MPs from all parties voted...

  9. March 26, 2014

    L&G’s Wilson trumpets Schumpeter and exits Kansas

    Some chief executives kick off conference speeches with a joke about last night’s football. Not Nigel Wilson of Legal &...

  10. March 24, 2014

    David Cameron to attack Labour response to pensions shake-up

    David Cameron will accuse Labour on Monday of being “all over the place” for failing to clarify its response to pension...

  11. March 23, 2014

    Labour party gets behind flexible UK pensions

    Labour has belatedly swung its weight behind government plans to overhaul pensions, several days after shadow chancellor Ed...

  12. March 20, 2014

    Budget 2014: Looming rise in living standards haunts Labour

    The Budget has been heavily scrutinised for its impact on savers and pensioners, but one line in his statement is seen by...

  13. March 10, 2014

    City on alert for Labour’s political reckoning

    Britain’s banks have been busy justifying this year’s bonus round, explaining why payouts have risen and outlining plans to...

  14. March 10, 2014

    Ed Balls plans £6bn raid on bank bonuses and mansion owners

    Labour is planning a £6bn tax raid on bankers and prime property owners to raise funds for new job creation schemes and...

  15. March 10, 2014

    UK pension changes risk deterring high earners, experts warn

    Fresh attempts by politicians to limit, or claw back, pension tax relief may put higher earners off pension saving...

  16. March 10, 2014

    Labour details job guarantee scheme

    Labour will guarantee a job to unemployed young people for the whole of the next parliament, the party will announce later...

  17. March 5, 2014

    HS2 set to miss general election legislation deadline

    The coalition will miss its target for getting its HS2 legislation through Parliament before next year’s general election,...

  18. February 25, 2014

    Labour vows to ‘declutter’ provision of public services

    Labour will attempt to reinforce its claim to be tough on public spending on Tuesday with a promise to undertake significant...

  19. February 18, 2014

    Labour looks to develop, not ditch, Conservative project

    Labour is to set up a review of universal credit to ensure the programme is not dropped and to look at how the project can...

  20. February 16, 2014

    Adonis warns Labour of business backlash over mansion tax

    Labour faces a backlash from business people about its proposal for a “mansion tax”, one of the party’s most senior figures...

  21. 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...

  22. Off Message

    February 13, 2014

    The Treasury power play

    In a lecture last year, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, HM Treasury permanent secretary and perhaps the most powerful old Etonian...

  23. February 12, 2014

    Head of Labour policy review hits out over foreign takeovers

    Foreign takeovers of British assets have left people “powerless”, Labour’s head of policy has stated, in a blast against...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. February 4, 2014

    HS2 relaunch to focus on benefits to commuters

    The HS2 high speed rail project will be relaunched next month, with a public relations offensive highlighting benefits to...

  27. January 29, 2014

    David Cameron does not rule out cutting top rate of income tax

    David Cameron has left open the prospect of the Conservatives cutting the top rate of income tax for high earners from 45p...

  28. January 28, 2014

    Ed Balls challenges George Osborne on UK recovery

    The chancellor clashed with his Labour opposite number in the Commons on Tuesday, shortly after the release of figures...

  29. Off Message

    January 28, 2014

    Balls's misleading tax sums - and why they matter

    On Saturday, Ed Balls announced that a Labour government would bring back the 50 per cent tax rate on incomes over £150,000....

  30. January 28, 2014

    Labour forms unit to draw up policy for UK creative industries

    Labour has appointed a task force of executives to draw up a policy blueprint for Britain’s creative industries as the...

  31. January 27, 2014

    Labour’s growing gulf with business

    Since Ed Balls’ announcement at the weekend of the Labour party’s plans to increase the top rate of income tax, commentators...

  32. January 27, 2014

    Labour is confirming critics’ worst suspicions with 50p tax plan

    When Gordon Brown increased Britain’s top rate of income tax in the dismal twilight of his premiership, it was not without...

  33. January 27, 2014

    David Cameron admits Labour’s 50p tax plan is ‘politically convenient’

    David Cameron admitted on Monday that Labour’s plan to restore the 50p top rate of income tax was “politically convenient”,...

  34. January 27, 2014

    Ed Balls’ proposal for 50p tax rate poses questions

    Labour’s pledge to reintroduce the 50p income tax rate for those earning more than £150,000 immediately ran into claim and...

  35. January 26, 2014

    Businesses blast 50p tax plans by Labour

    A defiant Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, has insisted that Labour is not “anti-business” as he faced a torrent of criticism...

  36. January 26, 2014

    Labour’s 50p tax rate vow underlines its priorities

    It was always more than about the money. Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, admitted yesterday that he could not be sure how much...

  37. January 24, 2014

    Ed Balls says Labour would resurrect 50p tax rate

    Labour government would reintroduce the 50p top rate of tax for those earning more than £150,000 a year, in a move which Ed...

  38. January 24, 2014

    Ed Balls seeks to revive Labour fiscal discipline

    Ed Balls, UK shadow chancellor, will on Saturday attempt to reassert Labour’s claim to fiscal discipline, promising he would...

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