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.

Just Retirement shifts focus to recover

Annuity provider moving into new areas in wake of shake-up

First strike at corporate tax avoidance

The reform package approved by OECD states is a promising start

UK economy requires a sustainable footing

Osborne needs policies that boost investment and productivity

Blame game starts as Scottish poll looms

Cameron makes final pitch for union amid claims he was slow to heed warnings

Call to unleash $1tn for social investments

UK says governments must do more to pave way for ‘impact’ projects

RMB bond to put UK at forefront

Renminbi bond will be added to UK foreign currency reserves

£1 coin

Pound coin design competition opens

Winning ‘tails’ design will be incorporated in 12-sided coin

Reignwood pays £135m for UK Surrey club

Caring takes £135m Chinese group Reignwood for Wentworth Golf Club

Bit of a do: PM’s ‘call to arms’ over drinks

Downing St gathering used to urge business chiefs into action

Sales of annuities fall by a third

Insurers say savers took advantage of rule relaxation

Confidence rises and complacency fades

The FT surveys the mood in the Yes and No camps with 10 days to go

Rail fares frozen – but not for all

Some ‘unregulated’ prices set to rise by more than half

Osborne backs TUC over MPs pay rise

Move would take the annual salary to £74,000

Brussels set to challenge UK bankers’ pay

Cash allowances ‘disregard spirit of bonus cap’

No camp scrambles as Yes vote grows

Salmond attacks pro-union campaign’s offer of greater powers

Scots offered new powers for voting No

Move seen as last throw of dice for campaign losing ground

UK set to license Chinese bank branch

ICBC is expected to gain approval for a London operation

Settlements account for 97% of FCA fines

Deals make up bulk of £943m collected in 2010-13, says research

Q&A: What is going on with the UK’s public finances?

Despite rhetoric of austerity borrowing is higher than last year

MPC rebels break ranks

Dissident duo are dangerously close to the real economy

Osborne goes after offshore evaders

Revenue & Customs to mount tax crackdown

A step too far for UK tax authorities

HMRC cannot be allowed to raid private bank accounts

The HMRC website on an ipad.
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Banks warn over plan for HMRC tax grab

Proposed raids on accounts could break human rights law, says BBA

Osborne’s role in foreign policy grows

Chancellor’s influence rises after Hague’s departure

Leadership rivals have start on Johnson

London mayor needs to court MPs to win Conservative crown

Report warns on costs of student numbers

Think-tank says decision to remove cap was ‘fuzzy’

Osborne reveals loans to business shake-up

Banks will be forced to refer SMEs to other sources

Funding doubts over £15bn northern revival

One North report receives cross-party support but also raises questions

Osborne vows to revitalise north

Cities propose £15bn infrastructure plan

Logic of ringfencing questioned

Proposal suggests the bank is preparing for the worst

Doubts on Cameron finishing second term

Tory MPs assume the prime minister will step down in 2018

Cameron accused of ‘pork barrel’ politics

Tories ‘cynically using public money’ to target marginal seats

Boom time arrives for pension consultants

New UK rules will drive more people to ask: ‘How do I get my money?’

Osborne reaps rewards from ‘enveloper’ tax

Clampdown on avoidance through owning properties via companies

Letchworth model contrasts with Ebbsfleet

When construction started in 1903, it set out to become Britain’s first garden city

Small businesses attack new HMRC powers

Smaller companies feel ‘unfairly targeted’ by proposals

Longest UK slump in a century ends

Of G7 only Italy taken longer than UK to reach pre-crisis size

Tax clampdown on property owners alert

Proposals will deter investment, advisers warn

Red, blue and orange tinted GDP data

Each party has own take on UK recovery

UK tops IMF advanced economy forecasts

Prediction of 3.2% growth more optimistic than OBR figures