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The Chancellor must not betray business with another attack on the self-employed

26 October 2018 11:02

The Conservatives used to be known as the party of business. Theresa May still seems to be trying to keep…

Watch: John Bercow gives the Chancellor a ticking off – ‘stick to your abacus!’

27 February 2018 12:10

Oh dear. It’s no secret that there is little love lost between the Conservatives and the Speaker. John Bercow rarely…

What the papers say: The Tories must start acting like a Government again

4 July 2017 8:32

‘Spare a thought for Philip Hammond,’ says the Times. The Chancellor once looked certain to lose his job – and yet…

Professor George Osborne makes it job number six

29 June 2017 11:39

George Osborne has been keeping himself busy recently putting the boot into Theresa May at every opportunity. Not content with…

The retreat on National Insurance will do little to bolster the confidence of the self-employed

16 March 2017 13:24

U-turn, flip-flop, whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Philip Hammond’s policy reversal…

The newspapers dump on Hammond’s National Insurance hike – again

10 March 2017 8:51

Theresa May and Philip Hammond were in a laughing mood in the Commons on Wednesday. After a second day of…

What the final Spring Budget means for your pocket

9 March 2017 11:30

With the Chancellor’s Budget moving to a single event from later this year, yesterday’s final Spring Budget went out with a muffled…

Philip Hammond must act fast to avoid a repeat of the pasty tax row

8 March 2017 16:09

The government is in trouble over the National Insurance increase for the self-employed. Journalists are busy pointing out that the…

Biggest loser from this Budget? The credibility of Tory tax promises

8 March 2017 15:52

There is a very big winner from today’s budget. Not adults in social care, not schools, but Ukip. Philip Hammond…

Philip Hammond brews trouble with his National Insurance hike

8 March 2017 15:20

Philip Hammond had, in his first few months of Chancellor, gained rather a reputation for being an ‘Eeyore’ about the…

Philip Hammond’s Budget announcement, full transcript

8 March 2017 14:36

Mr Deputy Speaker, I report today on an economy that has continued to confound the commentators with robust growth. A…

As it happened: Philip Hammond’s first – and final – spring Budget

8 March 2017 14:20

Philip Hammond has finished his Budget announcement. The stand out points? £2bn in funding for social care – although only…

What’s in Philip Hammond’s Budget box?

8 March 2017 9:03

Philip Hammond doesn’t do box office. Unlike his predecessor George Osborne, he doesn’t do burgers either, with his austere pre-budget…

What can we expect to see in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget?

7 March 2017 12:59

After this week, the centrepiece of the financial year is being shunted to the Autumn. Good news, no doubt, for…

Coffee House Shots: What’s in Philip Hammond’s Budget box?

7 March 2017 11:06

There has been precious little excitement surrounding Wednesday’s budget announcement, which will be Philip Hammond’s first as Chancellor. The man…

A crackdown on pension scams is welcome but we need action not words

25 November 2016 11:28

There was one nugget in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Autumn Statement that was met with almost universal…

Insurance costs to rise again thanks to the Chancellor

24 November 2016 12:07

While there were plenty of people-pleasers in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, it’s safe to say that insurance companies were not happy.…

Philip Hammond’s productive afternoon

23 November 2016 17:12

For most people being Foreign Secretary would be a great job, but Philip Hammond never looked like he particularly relished…

The government’s latest growth forecast isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

23 November 2016 15:15

Facebook and Barack Obama have said they both want to tackle ‘fake news’ on the internet. The battle should start…

The Autumn Statement as it happened

23 November 2016 12:38

Philip Hammond offered up few surprises in his Autumn Statement. As predicted, he said the minimum wage will go up (slightly), fuel…