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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy

17 December 2014 13:55
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Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen… Continue reading

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like a General Election

15 December 2014 10:27
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

David Cameron is talking about the ‘great, black, ominous cloud’ that Labour’s economic plans would put over the British economy. Labour is talking about its immigration policies while trying not… Continue reading

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Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01
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Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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What we learnt from Miliband’s Big Speech, with no Big Announcement

11 December 2014 14:41
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks to business leaders on December 11, 2014 in London, England. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Ed Miliband’s speech on reducing the deficit has attracted a fair bit of criticism for not telling us very much that’s new. It was supposed to be a Big Speech,… Continue reading

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The three Tory vulnerabilities Osborne is hoping to shut down

4 December 2014 12:04
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In the last few days, George Osborne has moved to close down three Tory vulnerabilities ahead of the election campaign. First, there was the decision to put another £2 billion… Continue reading

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David Cameron and George Osborne still the most trusted on the economy

2 December 2014 18:10
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Good news for the Tories: a new ComRes poll confirms that David Cameron and George Osborne are the most trusted pair to ‘see the country through the current economic situation’. As… Continue reading

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What Tory MPs remember from their away day

2 November 2014 12:21
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Two things have stuck in Tory MPs’ minds from their away. The first, that painting of George Osborne. The second, Jim Messina’s presentation and his confidence that the Tories would… Continue reading

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PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question

29 October 2014 13:00
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Ed Miliband chose one of his medleys of things that have gone wrong for today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. There were plenty of those to choose from, and the Labour leader… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15
Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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The European market hangover – bad news is bad news again

17 October 2014 14:04
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In the latest Spectator, Liam Halligan takes a sobering look at European markets bearing the brunt of sanctions against Russia. ‘The western economy that’s suffered most, by far, is the… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37
Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on the conference fringe this year. This evening, it was standing… Continue reading

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People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06
U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party conference this week? Labour has launched a clock which monitors… Continue reading

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Cameron’s speech show us why he is still the Tories’ greatest single asset

1 October 2014 14:19
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David Cameron has yet again delivered a belter of a party conference speech, peppered with announcements. His performance is a reminder of why, even now, he remains the Tory Party’s… Continue reading

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Ed Balls’ speech on balancing the books – full text and audio

22 September 2014 13:27
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Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today.… Continue reading

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If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar

14 August 2014 15:18
Merkel And Hollande Meet At Baltic Coast

For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in… Continue reading

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Up the workers!

14 August 2014 13:08
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Mr S was interested to read that Mark Carney has sounded the alarm on low wage growth. In light of yesterday’s announcements, the Times’s business commentator Andrew Clark calls for… Continue reading

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Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish

6 August 2014 12:58
Hold on to your hats. It's Boris vs George. (Image: MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to give (yet another) speech about how the economy is going… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s voteless recovery

1 August 2014 8:33
Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

The economy has recovered, and is steadily growing. That much is now clear. It has long been assumed that this will help the Conservative Party’s electoral fortunes. The logic goes… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s union bosses would change Britain for the worse

31 July 2014 15:40
'Red Ed' is the creature of Len McCluskey. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Trade unions have an important role in any decent society, but their stranglehold on the Labour Party is something we must fight against. I will never forget walking the streets… Continue reading

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These latest sanctions against Putin might just work

31 July 2014 12:05
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‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will deploy troops or missiles to defend Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists,… Continue reading

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The state should send many more poor children to private schools

29 July 2014 15:08
An Overview Of Eton College

Better capital makes us richer. That’s uncontroversial when it comes to fixed capital like machine tools and computers, but it’s also true of human capital. Better educated workers create more… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s taxing dilemma

27 July 2014 11:00
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Some of what David Smith, author of the essential Economic Outlook column in the Sunday Times, says today will be salve to George Osborne: ‘…the government intended to spend £722bn… Continue reading

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Image is the least of Ed’s worries

25 July 2014 14:51
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

What were Labour thinking? Against the background of Ukraine and Gaza, the only domestic story likely to cut through is an economic one. The news today is dominated by David… Continue reading

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The economy is above its pre-crisis level – but when will voters feel the benefit?

25 July 2014 10:11
The UK's booming services economy is reflected in London's changing skyline. Image: Getty

The economy is now, at last, larger than its pre-recession peak. The coalition parties are keen to claim vindication this morning. Nick Clegg has declared that ‘The rescue has worked’… Continue reading

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