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      The curtain falls on a successful coalition

      When in 2010 David Cameron struck a deal to rule in partnership with the Liberal Democrats, he wrong-footed both the pundits...

    2. March 27, 2015

      What business wants from the UK election

      The Financial Times asked the chairmen and chief executives of FTSE 100 companies for views on the UK’s political parties...

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    1. March 26, 2015

      Government loses attempt to oust Speaker

      David Cameron’s authority was dealt a blow by his own backbenchers, after his attempt to oust the Speaker of the House of...

    2. March 26, 2015

      UK has come to terms with austerity, study suggests

      UK facing up to austerity, study suggests After five years of deep spending cuts, the British public has largely come to...

    3. March 25, 2015

      Highs and lows of the UK’s coalition government

      Britain’s first peacetime coalition since the 1930s wound up this week with a low-key celebration: David Cameron handed out...

    4. March 24, 2015

      Defiant Nick Clegg hails ‘durability of coalition’

      Nick Clegg struck a defiant note as he made what may have been his final appearance at the dispatch box as deputy prime...

    5. March 23, 2015

      The right sort of help for cyber security insurance

      The danger of cyber crime is no longer an unknown. The roster of companies recently damaged in attacks includes Target, Home...

    6. March 22, 2015

      Miliband moves to quash speculation about SNP deal

      The Scottish National party would not co-write Labour’s Budget “in a million years”, Ed Miliband said on Monday as he tried...

    7. March 19, 2015

      Plaid Cymru names its price for post-election power deal

      If David Cameron and Ed Miliband are weighing up possible coalition deals after the general election, they may want to carry...

    8. March 19, 2015

      Danny Alexander draws fire for ‘alternative Budget’ statement

      The Liberal Democrats would cut government spending back to its lowest level in nearly 20 years, Danny Alexander announced...

    9. March 18, 2015

      Osborne eases austerity as poll nears

      George Osborne has used his pre-election Budget to temper his austerity plans, seeking to soften his “Iron Chancellor” image...

    10. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne’s push to win hearts and votes

      George Osborne came to the Commons armed with a battery of data to support his claim that his economic plan is working. His...

    11. March 18, 2015

      UK Budget 2015: The chancellor’s speech

      Mr Deputy Speaker, Today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way. We took difficult...

    12. March 18, 2015

      To austerity and beyond — the UK coalition’s record in power

      Key areas Economy Labour market Public finances Taxation Winners & Losers After 13 years of Labour rule, the Conservatives...

    13. March 16, 2015

      Miliband rules out coalition between Labour and SNP

      Ed Miliband has categorically ruled out a formal coalition between Labour and the Scottish National Party in an attempt to...

    14. March 15, 2015

      A chance for George Osborne to look beyond the UK fiscal deficit

      George Osborne likes to adopt the bearing of a man justly rewarded for holding to the straight and narrow. Britain’s...

    15. March 15, 2015

      Osborne says ‘no giveaways’ in Budget

      George Osborne will put tax cuts and new freedoms for pensioners to sell their annuities at the centre of this week’s...

    16. March 13, 2015

      UK government under fire over tax ‘weaknesses’

      Tax revenues have barely kept pace with national income since 2009 despite more than £16bn of tax increases, according to a...

    17. March 13, 2015

      Minority UK government would be better than a coalition

      Residents of the Westminster political village seem agreed on two things: that no party will achieve a majority of seats in...

    18. March 12, 2015

      Nick Clegg’s likely successor prepares to rebuild Lib Dems

      Tim Farron, the favourite to succeed Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader, has declared that his party only deserves “two...

    19. March 11, 2015

      Annuity escape plan for pensioners

      Radical plans to give millions of existing pensioners new flexibility to sell their annuities for cash are under serious...

    20. March 10, 2015

      George Osborne’s last chance to gamble on less austerity

      Nothing so defines George Osborne as his determination to attack public borrowing. Long before entering the Treasury the...

    21. March 6, 2015

      Large UK companies will be told to publish gender pay-gap details

      Large companies will have to publish the pay gap between male and female staff after a last-minute intervention by the...

    22. March 6, 2015

      Wanted: investors who can electrify the British economy

      Quite soon Britain’s last deep mine will haul up its final lump of coal. The book will close on an industry that once...

    23. March 6, 2015

      Poorest areas hit hardest by UK cuts, research finds

      The UK’s poorest areas have been hit hardest by local government spending cuts and are likely to lose most again in the next...

    24. March 2, 2015

      The case for blocking Russia in the North Sea

      The Ukrainian crisis is creating awkward commercial conundrums for many European countries as they seek to realign their...

    25. March 1, 2015

      Danny Alexander calls for extra £1bn levy on UK banks

      Danny Alexander is pressing George Osborne to introduce a £1bn annual levy on banks in this month’s Budget to help eliminate...

    26. March 1, 2015

      Labour MP Gisela Stuart in calls for ‘grand coalition’ with Tories

      Labour should consider entering a coalition with the Conservatives after the election, one of the party’s MPs has said, in a...

    27. March 1, 2015

      Dispute erupts over Tory plan to ban university extremist preachers

      A senior Conservative has accused Vince Cable of trying to water down proposals to ban extremist speakers from university...

    28. March 1, 2015

      The madness of King George III’s non-dom tax system

      Much has changed in the world since William Pitt the Younger was prime minister and the United Kingdom was at war with...

    29. March 1, 2015

      Vince Cable to steer opposition to third runway at Heathrow

      Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, is to become the figurehead of opposition to building a third runway at Heathrow...

    30. February 27, 2015

      Ed Miliband’s misplaced move on tuition fees

      Ed Miliband is seldom accused of being impulsive. Those favourable to Labour’s leader see his long pauses as proof that...

    31. February 27, 2015

      David Cameron paves way for Welsh tax-raising referendum

      A transfer of powers from Westminster to Wales announced on Friday will remove the last barrier to the Welsh Assembly taking...

    32. February 27, 2015

      MPs dismiss chancellor’s claim over cut in UK’s Brussels bill

      George Osborne’s claim that he had “halved” a £1.7bn surcharge presented to Britain by Brussels has been dismissed by MPs,...

    33. February 26, 2015

      Ministers crack down on UK business late payment

      The government is preparing tough new payment rules that could see big businesses named and shamed if they fail to treat...

    34. February 26, 2015

      Fight or flight will be the UK’s choice on defence

      Britain is heading for a general election whose outcome is unpredictable. What is not in doubt, however, is that whichever...

    35. February 25, 2015

      George Osborne can pay UK voters an unexpected bounty

      Lucky George Osborne. Facing perhaps his last significant political moment in the form of next month’s Budget, the UK...

    36. February 23, 2015

      UK’s David Cameron and George Osborne are all yin and no yang

      There is a design quirk in Britain’s current government, and it is not what you think it is. Yes, this is the first...

    37. February 23, 2015

      The cost of David Cameron’s pensioner promises

      David Cameron has promised to preserve universal pensioner benefits costing billions of pounds if he wins the election. The...

    38. February 22, 2015

      UK Conservative’s crass new plan to fight extremism

      The recent spate of terrorist attacks by Islamist militants in Europe has put all EU governments on alert. Britain is no...

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