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      Experts warn on dangers of looming defence spending cuts

      Britain will not be able to participate fully in defence exercises in eastern Europe and may have to cut back on vital...

    2. May 27, 2015

      David Cameron lays out agenda to ‘renew’ UK in Queen’s Speech

      David Cameron vowed on Wednesday to reset relations with the EU, recast the United Kingdom and invigorate the economy, as he...

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    1. May 27, 2015

      Cameron makes his One Nation pitch to Britain

      The Conservative government’s first Queen’s Speech of the new parliament had the air of a party unbound. For the past five...

    2. May 27, 2015

      Stakes high in Northern Ireland welfare reform crisis

      Northern Ireland is no stranger to political crises. Every time the Democratic Unionist party or Sinn Féin has a grievance —...

    3. May 27, 2015

      Queen’s Speech: pledges to help employers

      Plans to help employers by cutting regulation, creating more apprenticeships and offering more free childcare lay at the...

    4. May 26, 2015

      Northern Ireland faces political crisis over welfare cuts

      The governments in London and Dublin are facing a crisis with the devolved administration in Northern Ireland over its...

    5. May 26, 2015

      Think-tank says £12bn in UK welfare cuts will be hard to achieve

      Welfare changes to be highlighted in the Queen’s Speech will save only a fraction of the £12bn the government wants to cut...

    6. May 26, 2015

      Sturgeon vows to fight UK government spending cuts

      Scotland’s first minister has vowed to fight UK government spending cuts, saying the experience of recent years showed...

    7. May 24, 2015

      UK councils join forces to qualify for regional spending powers

      Birmingham and its six neighbouring councils will formally bury old rivalries this week, joining forces in the hope of...

    8. May 22, 2015

      UK public finances improve in April

      Britain’s public finances started the fiscal year with a narrower-than-expected deficit. The government borrowed £6.8bn in...

    9. May 21, 2015

      Osborne urges Whitehall departments to embrace spending cuts

      When George Osborne told the CBI on Wednesday that Greg Hands, his ally and Treasury chief secretary, was writing to...

    10. May 20, 2015

      Osborne makes priority of boosting UK productivity

      George Osborne has announced plans to improve Britain’s poor productivity record, admitting the country has to deal with...

    11. May 20, 2015

      May tells police to stop ‘crying wolf’ over spending cuts

      Theresa May has told the body representing rank and file police officers to stop “crying wolf” over government spending...

    12. May 16, 2015

      George Osborne announces ‘Budget for working people’ in July

      George Osborne will set out a “Budget for working people” on July 8 to implement some of the Conservative election pledges,...

    13. May 15, 2015

      Folly of a £50bn HS2 project must hit the buffers

      You might think that the biggest infrastructure project in modern Britain would have merited a few minutes discussion in an...

    14. May 14, 2015

      Nothing is certain except death and taxes (or compulsory saving)

      The victory of the Conservatives has put them in charge of the UK for the next five years. But it has not resolved many...

    15. May 13, 2015

      Conservative vote rose in seats receiving extra government money

      The Conservative party won a bigger vote swing last week in areas where they had spent significant amounts of government...

    16. May 13, 2015

      Cameron should use mandate to transform the welfare state

      There are two ways to reduce spending on public services: make them more efficient, or ask them to do less. The first way,...

    17. May 12, 2015

      The spirit of Thatcher returns to Victoria Street

      Scrapping the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is one of those ideas that has been kicked around Whitehall for...

    18. May 12, 2015

      Duncan Smith now has to deliver on vision for welfare reform

      Iain Duncan Smith’s reappointment as work and pensions secretary this week signals the government’s renewed commitment to...

    19. May 10, 2015

      George Osborne second 2015 Budget predicted ‘relatively soon’

      George Osborne returns to the Treasury on Monday with colleagues predicting that he will deliver his second Budget of 2015...

    20. May 8, 2015

      Signs of radical settlement for Scotland emerge after poll results

      The Conservative majority alongside a nationalist landslide in Scotland reopened the question of powers for the Scottish...

    21. May 7, 2015

      White collar crime prosecutions fall

      Prosecutions in the UK for white-collar crimes such as fraud and corruption have fallen by nearly a fifth in the past four...

    22. May 5, 2015

      General election: Plaid Cymru seeks funding parity with Scotland

      Plaid Cymru is to make fair funding for Wales the price for supporting a minority Labour government in the event of a hung...

    23. May 5, 2015

      Northern Ireland shows no sign of bowing to austerity push

      Monday is lifeguard training day at the swimming pool in the well kept, exceptionally well equipped leisure centre in...

    24. May 3, 2015

      Andy Burnham vows to reset public expectations of NHS

      Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has vowed to “reset” the public’s expectations of the NHS if Labour wins power, saying...

    25. April 30, 2015

      Bribes and evasions on housing and the deficit

      The UK is not well-governed. That is hardly going to change after this depressing election campaign. But, unless the polls...

    26. April 30, 2015

      The looming post-election nightmare of stealth taxes

      Alice Cooper, the US rock star famous for his gorily theatrical stage shows, sang: “I’m top prime cut of meat, I’m your...

    27. April 30, 2015

      General election: Tories and Lib Dems clash over benefits

      George Osborne on Thursday rejected Liberal Democrat claims that the Conservatives had put forward “secret” proposals to cut...

    28. April 29, 2015

      Cameron’s pledges unwise or costly or both, says Lawson

      David Cameron has been accused by Lord Lawson, former Conservative chancellor, of making a flurry of promises that are...

    29. April 24, 2015

      UK electoral promises that fail to convince

      A phrase to madden the political obsessive is “they are all the same”. Clearly, politicians are not all the same. Wander...

    30. April 23, 2015

      SNP spending plans imply same cuts as Labour, says IFS

      The Scottish National party’s spending plans imply the same cuts, if not more, than Labour’s plans over the next five years,...

    31. April 23, 2015

      George Osborne hits UK deficit reduction target for 2014-15

      George Osborne has met his deficit reduction target for 2014-15 with new data showing that borrowing fell by more than £10bn...

    32. April 23, 2015

      Labour and Tories ramp up attacks over economy

      The economy will be the focus of Labour and Tory attacks on Thursday as both parties warn about the impact of each other’s...

    33. April 21, 2015

      Scotland warned of substantial tax rises

      Scotland would need to make “substantial” tax rises or spending cuts if it won full control over taxation and spending, a...

    34. April 20, 2015

      Britons back further welfare cuts, says poll

      George Osborne’s plan to make further cuts to Britain’s welfare bill has the support of 75 per cent of voters, who still...

    35. April 19, 2015

      Cameron warns Labour-SNP government would be ‘very frightening’

      David Cameron has stepped up his rhetoric against the Scottish National party, warning that a Labour government propped up...

    36. April 19, 2015

      Government rolls out new school careers guidance scheme

      Nicky Morgan came under heavy fire from MPs in January over the coalition government’s inadequate careers service provision...

    37. April 16, 2015

      Politicians’ poll pledges hit by fickle forecasts on UK economy

      Politicians received a sharp reminder this week of the dangers of aligning policy promises with economic forecasts. The...

    38. April 16, 2015

      NHS cash crunch to hit after UK election

      The next government will be under immediate pressure to inject more money into the National Health Service to avoid a...

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