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.

PM to meet EU leaders in quest for deal

Osborne upbeat as Cameron seeks to convey sense of progress

Osborne tipped to succeed Cameron

Bookmaker says chancellor has overtaken Johnson in race

Sex scandal peer takes ‘leave of absence’

‘No intention of returning until investigations completed’

Osborne faces diplomatic test in Paris

Chancellor tries to persuade French to back Britain’s EU reforms

Chancellor George Osborne

Baby steps on long road to devolution

The Treasury’s grip on UK’s overcentralised state must be loosened

How to add radicalism to Osborne squeeze

The chancellor’s ideas for cutting spending and services are unimaginative, writes John McTernan

Lenders sign up for first-time buyer Isa

Subsidy scheme for deposit savings attracts largest UK groups

UK Pensioner
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Pension scam losses treble after reforms

Fraud surge fuels fears for savers targeted by criminals

Web providers face broadband levy

Ministers consider shifting cost on to private sector

A 10-bedroom villa in St Tropez, €25m

To boost UK productivity, cancel August

Confessing you have to stay in the office is an admission of wage slavery, says Karina Robinson

Her Majesty's Revenue And Customs
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Tax avoiders to face ‘special measures’

Companies with ‘persistent and aggressive planning’ to be fined

Wheatley disappointed to be leaving FCA

Ousted chief says conduct is no longer an afterthought in business

Airport committee snubs Heathrow critics

Third runway advocates dominate ministerial group

Bank set to open doors for more scrutiny

Plan to bring Threadneedle Street under purview of NAO

Johnson seeks greater powers for London

Control of capital’s courts and prosecution service on agenda

Osborne asks for 40% budget cut plans

Chancellor prepares to target unprotected departments

Osborne’s dirigisme is good economics

Social and commercial pressure on minimum wages has advantages over legal prescriptions

Osborne searches for £20bn of savings

Chancellor plans sales of assets and cuts to departments

Tax receipts keep deficit plan on track

Osborne said to be ‘maintaining grip on consolidation plans’

Labour rebels defy party on welfare vote

Most leadership hopefuls swing in to line but 48 MPs say no

Austerity’s £18bn impact on local services

FT finds welfare system creaking under weight of growing demand

Martin Wheatley, CEO of the FSA, photographed at his office in Canary Wharf
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Relief for banks as Osborne reins in FCA

It was clear any rules-based settlement could only work if it was enforced by steel-nerved regulator

Wheatley knew score as mood music changed

Osborne signalled end to banker-bashing amid clamour from sector

Martin Wheatley, CEO of the FSA, photographed at his office in Canary Wharf
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Wheatley resigns as FCA chief executive

Osborne says ‘different kind of leadership’ needed at regulator

Pensions minister questions Osborne plan

Altmann says treating pensions like Isas could be ‘dangerous’

BBC needs reform not evisceration

Ministers should seek economies but retain universality of service

Fears eased over BBC green paper

Rising tension with government had raised concerns over report

Wetherspoon hits out at higher living wage

UK pub chain says higher wage costs bring ‘considerable uncertainty’ to industry

EU seeks to use pan-union fund for Greece

Proposal made despite UK opposition to paying for bailout

Tories inject nervousness into relations with business

Government intervenes on wages, apprenticeships and the pay gap

Chancellor George Osborne

Britain attacks EU aid plan for Greece

Osborne objections to EU bridge financing rile Paris

Fallon accused of ‘cooking the books’

Defence committee chief queries military expenditure

UK angered by Greek bailout moves

Chancellor to reject calls for Britain to take part

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Buyout firms fix sights on public services

Private equity sector thrives despite unexpected Budget demand

Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty'
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Arts groups make case for investment

Publicly funded projects act as ‘incubator’ for creative industries

Osborne’s failures are key to his success

The chancellor was shaped not by the material privilege of his youth but by political hardship

Budget does HSBC less harm than good

After his bullying over regulation, Gulliver escaped a caning

Cameron orders more Isis drone missions

PM calls for more funding for special forces

Osborne experiments with wage rise

Attempt to lift output with living wage turns convention on its head

Devolution throws up citizenship challenge

The welfare state was founded so benefits are distributed on need, not geography, writes Vernon Bogdanor

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