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    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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. June 5, 2014

    Tweeting adults boost Panini’s World Cup sticker sales

    Ed Balls, the opposition politician who might be the UK’s next chancellor of the exchequer, made an urgent plea for more...

  18. May 15, 2014

    Stick to your guns, David Axelrod tells UK Labour party

    David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama who is now working for the Labour party, has urged Ed...

  19. FT Alphaville

    May 14, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The real fragile five: James Macintosh notes that what used to be the fragile five — ...

  20. May 13, 2014

    Ed Balls tells chancellor to curb Help to Buy to boost recovery

    George Osborne is endangering recovery by “washing his hands” of rising house prices and passing the buck to a Bank of...

  21. April 28, 2014

    HS2 bill takes express route through Commons

    The bill to push through the controversial HS2 rail line has passed its latest parliamentary stage overwhelmingly. MPs on...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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,...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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 &...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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