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      Labour poll general Douglas Alexander faces dire SNP threat

      Opinion polls suggest that the Scottish National party could take several senior Labour scalps in May, including the man in...

    2. February 24, 2015

      Labour to include allowances in bank bonus tax

      Labour will announce plans on Wednesday to extend the reach of its bank bonus tax, amid anxiety in Downing Street that pay...

    1. February 22, 2015

      Ministers set aside £2bn to write off student loans this year

      Ministers have set aside £2bn to cover potential write-downs in the value of existing student loans in this financial year...

    2. February 15, 2015

      Labour draws up plans for review into HMRC dealings

      The firestorm sparked by the release of secret files on HSBC’s Swiss operations continued to rage over the weekend, as the...

    3. February 13, 2015

      Bankers face extension of pay clawbacks to 10 years

      Bankers found guilty of wrongdoing could see their bonuses and fixed pay clawed back even if the offence took place 10 years...

    4. February 10, 2015

      UK Labour party promises crackdown on tax dodgers

      Labour will promise an urgent crackdown on tax avoidance on Wednesday, as it lays out plans to close loopholes, increase...

    5. February 10, 2015

      Business leaders dismiss early EU referendum at British Chambers of Commerce

      Company chiefs suggested an early in-out referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU would not be in the best interest of...

    6. February 9, 2015

      Labour attacks ministerial role of former HSBC chairman

      The revelations about HSBC’s Swiss operations reverberated around Westminster on Monday, with Labour claiming the coalition...

    7. February 6, 2015

      City Insider: Yanis Varoufakis and Lord Lamont make an odd couple

      Varoufakis/Lamont: The odd couple Lord Lamont welcomed his old friend Yanis Varoufakis in London this week. The former...

    8. February 4, 2015

      Miliband attacks Tories as ‘party of hedge funds’

      Ed Miliband has tried to deflect business criticism of Labour by claiming that the Conservatives are keeping open a City tax...

    9. FT Alphaville

      February 4, 2015

      Markets Live: Wednesday, 4th February, 2015

      This is the transcript of the Markets Live session ending at 12:09 on 4 Feb 2015. Participants in this session were: ...

    10. February 4, 2015

      Business pressure on UK Labour party increases

      Labour’s strained relations with business were under the spotlight again on Wednesday after Ed Balls, shadow chancellor,...

    11. February 3, 2015

      Labour steps up charm offensive on City leaders

      Labour has stepped up its charm offensive on the City of London, conscious that its anti-business reputation could backfire...

    12. February 3, 2015

      Labour counts on popular opinion in taking tough tone

      The war of words this week between Labour and business is a far cry from the mid-1990s when Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson...

    13. February 2, 2015

      Miliband escalates row with Boots boss

      Ed Miliband has accused the head of Walgreens Boots Alliance of being part of an “unholy alliance” between the Tory party...

    14. Off Message

      February 2, 2015

      Labour's tuition fees dilemma

      The Labour party is trying to work out its policy on tuition fees for English undergraduates at English universities*. On...

    15. January 27, 2015

      Defend Labour’s economic record – the facts support us

      General elections are fought and won on the issue of the economy. And, while pollsters say this year’s general election...

    16. January 27, 2015

      UK universities alarmed by Labour plan to cut tuition fees

      Leading UK universities have warned Labour about the financial risks of cutting tuition fees a third to £6,000 a year. The...

    17. January 23, 2015

      Wealthy face new ‘daylight robbery’

      Experts often point to property taxes as one of the easiest ways to raise money: buildings are difficult to hide, unlike...

    18. January 15, 2015

      Ed Balls set to launch centre-left economic report in Washington

      Ed Balls is to pre-empt David Cameron’s visit to the White House by 24 hours by launching an international “inclusive...

    19. January 14, 2015

      Analytical blunders that discredit UK Labour’s pitch

      T o judge by the past few years of opposition, Britain’s Labour party needs a new economics team. Confidently predicting...

    20. January 13, 2015

      Osborne mocks Labour over its deficit reduction plans

      The UK Chancellor on Tuesday mocked the opposition Labour party for supporting a target for the next government to eliminate...

    21. January 5, 2015

      UK chancellor takes aim at Labour spending plans

      George Osborne has framed the UK general election as a choice between “chaos and competence”, as the Conservatives began a...

    22. January 5, 2015

      Labour attacks Tory claims of £21bn spending hole as ‘made up’

      Ed Balls has denounced the Conservative party’s claim that a future Labour government would begin its first year in office...

    23. December 23, 2014

      Ed Balls says mansion tax is top priority for Labour

      A Labour government would introduce a mansion tax in its first budget after the general election, with owners of homes worth...

    24. December 17, 2014

      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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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....

    34. October 24, 2014

      Best of the 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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