autumn statement 2014

Is David Cameron telling porkies on the deficit? His spokesman explains

15 December 2014 17:26

As Fraser points out, David Cameron has gone from saying the deficit has been brought down by a third to claiming…

Jeremy Vine and the truth about government spending

10 December 2014 15:57

Those who complain about the BBC (myself included) usually only refer to a small part of a massive and divergent operation.…

Top Tory rails against Osborne’s Stamp Duty reform

8 December 2014 11:43

Tory MP Mark Field is not a happy bunny about Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Writing to members of his association, the…

The Tories aren’t planning to run a £23 billion surplus in 2019/20

7 December 2014 13:35

All the talk about the ‘colossal’ cuts to come if the Tories win re-election has been predicated on the assumption…

Revealed: where George Osborne’s axe will fall hardest

4 December 2014 18:07

If you think George Osborne has been a mad axe man, just wait to see the cuts he has planned for the…

Eight different ways Ukip would spend Britain’s international aid budget

4 December 2014 16:26

The Autumn Statement was Ukip’s first economic test as a Westminster party, so how did they fare? In their initial response,…

‘Expect cuts on a colossal scale’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

4 December 2014 16:01

Some of yesterday’s biggest announcements were not from the Chancellor at all, they were from the independent Office for Budget…

The three Tory vulnerabilities Osborne is hoping to shut down

4 December 2014 12:04

In the last few days, George Osborne has moved to close down three Tory vulnerabilities ahead of the election campaign.…

The BBC is right to point out failure on debt. Osborne is wrong to complain about it

4 December 2014 9:04

George Osborne has in the past year assembled a coterie of advisers to help him become more human, more stylish,…

Podcast: Autumn Statement, Russia’s information wars and life inside Tatler

4 December 2014 8:57

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In…

George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron.…

Ed Balls survives tricky Autumn Statement response under intense heckling

3 December 2014 15:06

Labour has had a poor run of Autumn Statement and Budget responses for a couple of years now, and with only…

Osborne’s Statement is likely to get stamp of approval

3 December 2014 15:00

George Osborne has delivered an autumn statement that, provided it doesn’t unravel in the next few hours, should give him…

George Osborne’s new stamp duty regime explained

3 December 2014 14:33

If you’re buying a house, or thinking about it, there’s only one fact you need to know about today’s Budget:…

Another very political mini-Budget from George Osborne

3 December 2014 14:18

A preview of James Forsyth’s political column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Autumn Statements lack the drama and traditions…

Lesson of the Autumn Statement? Boldness is best

3 December 2014 14:02

Here is a preview of the leading article from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement:  When…

Full text: George Osborne’s 2014 Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 13:46

Mr Speaker, Four years ago, in the first Autumn Statement of this Parliament, I presented the accounts of an economy…

Autumn Statement Tricks: Osborne confounds the betting market

3 December 2014 13:01

Ignore the numbers, the spin and the bleak borrowing – there is only one question that needs answering. What colour…

Firefighters react to the Autumn Statement – before Osborne’s even opened his mouth

3 December 2014 12:31

Post-war Labour Chancellor Hugh Dalton had to resign for letting slip the contents of his Budget speech before he delivered…

No 10: Autumn Statement is to ‘stay on course for prosperity’

3 December 2014 11:57

George Osborne’s pitch at today’s Autumn Statement will be for voters to give the Tories another five years leading the…

How will Ukip use its first Autumn Statement in Parliament?

3 December 2014 11:35

A lot of focus today will be on how Labour would cut the deficit (and perhaps how George Osborne actually…

Danny Alexander’s house building pledge is just a cunning PR strategy

3 December 2014 11:18

Danny Alexander’s latest plot to make the state a major player in housebuilding is just the latest in a line…

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

2 December 2014 18:10

Good news for the Tories: a new ComRes poll confirms that David Cameron and George Osborne are the most trusted pair…

In graphs: How George Osborne learned to stop worrying and love the debt

1 December 2014 20:49

I have just been on Adam Boulton’s Sky News show, talking about the forthcoming Autumn Statement with Ann Pettifor, a…

The MPs who will benefit from George’s marvellous marginals medicine

1 December 2014 17:32

‘The biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades’ — or the biggest, boldest marginal constituency programme? George Osborne…