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.

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

Why tax is trickier than Martian algebra

Only radical restructuring has a chance of creating fair taxation, writes Tim Harford

Bank union seen as risk to voice at EU

Eurozone project to drain UK influence

Cash for more student places in doubt

Abolishing number controls risks creating £5.5bn funding hole

Chancellor backs down on carbon target cuts

Osborne had sought to water down greenhouse gas emissions limits

A brave new world for pensioners

Osborne’s reforms must be underpinned by robust rules

Manchester united in model of governance

Pioneering “super council” pools resources of 10 local councils

Taxman’s serious aversion to avoidance

New UK taxation rules strike a blow against mass-marketed schemes, writes Vanessa Houlder

Downing Street deserves more credit

Number 10 can claim to have steered the ship through difficult waters, writes Anthony Seldon

A utility for foreign exchange trading

FSB idea could help draw a line under forex scandal

Cameron taunted over Gove’s demotion

Liam Fox said to be ‘angry and humiliated’ over his treatment

Can you slay a dragon twice?

Trade union leaders appear to be well down the list of today’s public bogeys, writes Brian Groom

Alexander accused of pork barrel politics

Millions spent on schemes benefiting minister’s seat

Cost cap for payday loans to be spelt out

Charges expected to be pegged at about £30 per £100 loaned

Osborne orders pre-election giveaways

‘Hard hat tour’ will fund UK science, transport and infrastructure

Cameron puts ministers on reshuffle alert

Older generation look set to make way for young in Tory shake-up

The FCA formerly the FSA prepare for their first day of operations as the Financial Conduct Authority at their head office in Canary Wharf. Credit: David Parry/ FT
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Bank of England checks for damage from fines

Penalties must not ‘undermine stability of the financial system’

Banks face cash outflows after Yes vote

UBS says depositors likely to shift money south of border