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      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...

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      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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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,...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. February 22, 2015

      Whitehall gets the digital message

      At the Government Digital Service in central London, dressed-down staff do their best to foster an atmosphere that is more...

    13. February 20, 2015

      A relic of empire that created a tax colony

      Arpad “Arki” Busson, the glamorous hedge fund manager who reportedly kept money in a Swiss private bank, is unlikely to have...

    14. February 20, 2015

      UK public finances give Osborne pre-poll boost

      Rising income tax receipts ensured Britain enjoyed the biggest boost to its public finances for seven years in January, it...

    15. February 20, 2015

      UK caught off-guard in Ukraine, say Lords

      A damning parliamentary inquiry has accused the UK government of “sleepwalking” into the Ukraine crisis and called for...

    16. February 19, 2015

      London and the southeast see fewer public sector job losses

      London and the southeast — Britain’s most prosperous regions — have been relatively unscathed by the public sector job...

    17. February 15, 2015

      Let the NHS lean more on the private sector

      At a time when any of six parties might form part of the next government, British politics offers few certainties. An...

    18. February 13, 2015

      A singular election that will test the civil service

      With barely two and a half months to go until the general election, I cannot help thinking that my successor, Sir Jeremy...

    19. February 11, 2015

      Public scientists urged to quit over food and drink group links

      Leading public health scientists who advise the government on nutrition have received millions of pounds in research funding...

    20. February 10, 2015

      UK government closes ranks on HSBC tax issue

      The UK government insisted on Tuesday that ministers did not know the full facts about the HSBC tax scandal until this week,...

    21. February 9, 2015

      UK draws up emergency plan for Greek exit from EU

      David Cameron, UK prime minister, has called together senior officials to prepare British contingency plans for Greece...

    22. February 6, 2015

      UK competition watchdog sounds alarm over East Coast rail deal

      Britain’s competition authority has questioned the government’s decision to hand the contract to operate the East Coast main...

    23. February 6, 2015

      Ed Miliband leads David Cameron in prime minister stakes

      Ed Miliband still has a two in three chance of becoming Britain’s next prime minister, according to a new election model set...

    24. February 6, 2015

      UK coalition ‘wasted years’ trying to reform NHS

      The NHS endured “three wasted years” because of coalition health service reforms, with at least £1.5bn spent that would have...

    25. February 5, 2015

      Clegg proposes extra taxes to reduce deficit

      Banks and highly leveraged companies would face up to £2bn in extra taxes under Liberal Democrat plans for a coalition...

    26. February 4, 2015

      Chilcot admits Iraq report lacks deadline

      The Chilcot report into the Iraq war has no deadline for publication, its author has admitted, and is currently held up...

    27. February 4, 2015

      NHS 111 helpline adds to strain on doctors, says BMA

      An NHS helpline is adding to strains on GPs, as well as accident and emergency departments by advising people with colds or...

    28. February 3, 2015

      Critics attack UK pension reform ‘chaos’

      In March last year the UK chancellor stunned the pensions industry by promising to end rules that have in effect herded...

    29. February 3, 2015

      Chancellor’s tax reforms raise less than last Labour government

      George Osborne has raised much less income than the last Labour government from reforms to tackle corporate tax avoidance...

    30. February 2, 2015

      Tyrants will find the key to the internet’s back door

      Should the citizens of a democratic state be free to communicate over electronic networks hardened against any government...

    31. February 2, 2015

      A UK minority government can be a high achiever

      It could be a synopsis of the British political scene in this election year: the two leading parties neck-and-neck; a...

    32. February 2, 2015

      Bookies and pundits set scene for hung UK parliament

      Pollsters and bookmakers agree on one thing about May’s general election: it is unlikely either side will win a majority....

    33. February 1, 2015

      Corporate Britain learns to live with political risk

      It was not always difficult to guess the colour of the next UK government. From 1979 the Conservatives ruled for 18 years,...

    34. February 1, 2015

      Britain bids adieu to stable politics

      Even as Britain toys with the idea of loosening its ties to Europe, British politics looks set to become, well, more...

    35. January 29, 2015

      Data on UK schools should assist parents and pupils

      Britain’s parents are known to be a demanding lot, and how they keep schools on their toes is a longstanding feature of UK...

    36. January 29, 2015

      Business faces up to ‘surreal’ mix of UK coalition risks

      Business is being forced to scrutinise the policies of parties it would have previously regarded as largely irrelevant, with...

    37. January 29, 2015

      England’s post-Olympic afterglow is fading fast

      England’s post-Olympic sporting afterglow is fading fast, according to figures published on Thursday. An annual survey by...

    38. January 28, 2015

      Crime victims urged to report offences online

      Victims of non-emergency crimes in England and Wales will be encouraged to report the offences online to save police time as...

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