George Osborne

George Osborne was elected MP for Tatton in 2001. Heir apparent to the Osborne baronetcy of Ballentaylor and Ballylemon, he was appointed to Michael Howard’s shadow cabinet in 2004.


In May 2010 he became chancellor of the exchequer in the Conservative-led coalition.

‘Workplace Isa’ to shake-up pensions market

Ros Altmann floats idea of new forms of retirement saving

Whitehall eyes big housing benefit cuts

Key part of Osborne’s attempts to find £12bn in welfare savings

Tinker, tailor, taxman, fixer?

The chancellor should heed calls for broad tax reform

Summer Budget: wishlists

Lobby groups submit proposals to chancellor

Osborne’s chance to be a real reformer

So far the UK chancellor has a mixed record and has often succumbed to a worrying urge to tinker

Setback for ‘northern powerhouse’ plan

Chancellor hopes to use Budget to galvanise project

Osborne seeks airport expansion backing

Recommendation from Davies Commission due on Wednesday

UK set to be fastest-growing G7 economy

GDP growth in first quarter better than previously estimated

Treasury committee chairman Andrew Tyrie
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Tyrie backs quango to simplify tax system

Treasury committee chairman accepts plan for permanent watchdog

Osborne warns of potential Grexit impact

Take hundreds in cash on holiday, chancellor tells tourists

Garden Bridge
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A Millennium Dome on stilts? No thanks

London can do without the vanity project that is the Garden Bridge

Small businesses decry UK skills shortage

Lobby group wants summer Budget to tackle productivity

Europe unites in defence of pensioners

For all their ideological differences, governments across the bloc shield seniors from austerity

The wrong tax reform

There are many ways to improve UK taxation. Cutting the top rate is not one of them

Osborne urged to cut top tax rate to 40p

Lawson seeks action amid signs Treasury is eyeing reduction

Osborne’s opportunity for tax reform

The chancellor has a once-a-generation chance to modernise system

UK Treasury to advise China on PFIs

Beijing turns to Britain as it struggles to overhaul finances

Cameron signals assault on tax credits

Ministers promise £12bn in welfare savings this year

What’s in the box, George?

Relief over election changes to Budget fears

LSE chief sees debt as threat to economy

City grandees express scepticism at UK’s new mood of optimism

Call for rethink on pension safeguards

Appeal to chancellor as tensions mount over rules shake-up

Rising tax take lifts UK public finances

Strong retail sales help send VAT revenues up 5.6% in May

RBS’s tech wake-up call to banks

IT debacle another stumbling block to sale — but rivals should take heed

Osborne cuts confident figure at PMQs

Chancellor performs first ‘audition’ standing in for the prime minister

Surplus debate that smacks of irrelevance

Britain has form on putting budgetary rules into law, fudging them and then rewriting them

Osborne to probe cutting pension charges

Chancellor wants to remove barriers to cashing in savings

US groups warn on Osborne’s ‘Google tax’

Companies reveal material impact on their finances of UK levy

£1bn of pension savings cashed in

60,000 people used new freedoms since April

Osborne steps up Grexit planning

Scenarios being considered include tourists running out of cash

Government accelerates mortgage disposal

UK Asset Resolution’s book falls by half since crisis

The chancellor who became an idealist

His younger self, with his eye for the electoral bottom line, would blanch at what he has become

Andrew Tyrie MP
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Osborne ‘moved goalposts’ on bank levy

Head of Treasury watchdog says tax has become pure revenue raiser

Jonathan McHugh illustration for WeekendFT comment pages - issue dated 13.06.15 'Envy and attempted emulation of Germany is nothing new'
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UK’s iron chancellor looks to Berlin

Britain should be wary of copying policies from Europe’s powerhouse, writes Giles Wilkes

Pension reform architect joins BlackRock

Labour MP links move by former Osborne aide to ‘revolving doors’

Officials struggle with welfare cuts

Search for savings hard to reconcile incentive for low-paid

BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EDITORS NOTE; THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN DIGITALLY MANIPULATED TO REMOVE ACCOUNT DETAILS) In this photo illustration, a senior citizen attending the Fourteenth National Pensioners Parliament at Blackpool Winter Gardens shows off her pension card account card which replaced the UK pension book, May 18, 2006 in Blackpool, England. Over 2900 pensioners attended the parliament and debated many issues affecting Britain's senior citizens including abolition of council tax, free travel on public transport and calls for a state pension of GBP114 a week. (Photo Illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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OBR warns on impact of ageing population

Watchdog says running a surplus could become impossible by 2023

Chancellor George Osborne

Osborne’s Victorian fiscal policy trap

Public borrowing is not always an evil. It is quite appropriate to borrow to invest

Flint sparks up HSBC’s defence

HSBC chairman on the bank levy, Christian Meissner and the Spanish civil war and toilet talk at Mansion House

File photo dated 03/12/09 of a woman walking past the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland in the City of London
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Investors raise a cheer for RBS sell-off

Labour attacks decision to carry out privatisation at a loss

RBS: never mind the price

In deciding when to sell, what you paid to buy is not a good starting point

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