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Growth slows to 0.2%

Growth slows to 0.2%

by Matt Foster / 26 Jul 2011 11:23

Figures released by the Official for National Statistics (ONS) this morning show that growth in the UK economy slowed to 0.2%  in the period up to June 30th.

It had been speculated that today's GDP figures might signal a contraction, although a figure of 0.2% still marks a drop from the previous quarter's 0.5%. It also makes the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) 2011 growth forecast of 1.7% look increasingly optimistic.

Chancellor

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A change of direction is just what defence needs

A change of direction is just what defence needs

by Martin Cakebread / 21 Jul 2011 15:55

News this past week that sweeping changes are due to be put forward to the Armed Forces should not come as any surprise. With a budget black hole and limited finances, a solution was desperately needed.

I've campaigned myself for many years on defence matters, from better equipment and procurement, to spending and welfare of returning servicemen and women. The scale of the debate has been truly epic. With commentators from

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The electorate wants a smaller state

The electorate wants a smaller state

by Mark Littlewood / 13 Jul 2011 10:37

Today’s new IEA research paper, Sharper Axes, Lower Taxes, provides a blueprint for a genuinely comprehensive spending review and one which goes far beyond the rather modest plans of the coalition. Intriguingly, an accompanying opinion poll, conducted by ComRes, shows overwhelming support for substantial reductions in the size of the state and accompanying tax cuts. Indeed, a very comfortable majority of voters believe that the government’s plans for fiscal retrenchment do not go

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Cut it out, Conservatives

Cut it out, Conservatives

by Francesca Preece / 18 May 2011 09:30

Cuts have become synonymous with the Conservatives. It seems cuts are all voters see when they look at our party. And who can blame them? Our governments have always tried to keep costs down. The Tories are the bores with calculators and budget books, accounting for every penny while our Labour counterparts live for the moment, affording luxury with their credit cards.

Penny pinchers just don’t have the same appeal. We often don’t

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Officer strength to fall to its lowest in 8 years

by Graham Jones / 01 Apr 2011 15:55

The police budget is being cut by 20% and already we are beginning to see the effects on the number of officers on the streets. Police Forces have already said that over 12 000 officers will have to go as a result of government cuts to the police budget.

Having met with my constituents and spoken with our local police officers I cannot help but be concerned at the reduction in police numbers

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Time to re-think the SDSR

by Graham Jones / 25 Mar 2011 15:57

Following the recent developments in the Middle east and the subsequent imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, David Cameron is finding himself under increasing pressure this week to rethink the cuts to the UK’s defence budget following claims that decisions such as the scrapping of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal and the Harrier Jump Jet fleet is undermining the UK’s ability to mount military operations.

The government is cutting 5000 personnel from

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Foreign Office appeals to retired diplomats for help

Foreign Office appeals to retired diplomats for help

by Caroline Crampton / 01 Mar 2011 18:07

Yet another follow up to my Foreign Office job cuts story (which was actually raised by Jack Straw in questions to the prime minister about Libya yesterday).

Following the announcement that nearly a third of its overseas staff will be cut over the next four years, the Foreign Office now seems to be privately acknowledging that it doesn’t have the manpower to deal with the current diplomatic crisis in North

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Legal aid: Europe at odds yet again

by Patrick Macfarlane / 14 Feb 2011 18:03

Over this Parliament the coalition wants to save over £350m from the legal aid budget.

This is likely to include removing funding from clinical negligence proceedings, some cases involving benefits, and a significant proportion of family matters.

In this last example, some child abduction cases are covered by a European directive designed to ensure public funding for instances where one party is resident in another EU member state. But other child cases

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Interview: Graham Baxter

Interview: Graham Baxter

by Calum Benson / 14 Feb 2011 11:14

The man crowned council leader of the year has called on communities secretary Eric Pickles to “leave us alone”.

Graham Baxter admits he “can’t understand” Pickles’agenda, complaining that “people haven’t voted for local cuts”, however they cast their ballots last May.

Baxter, the leader of North-East Derbyshire District Council,spoke to Total Politics as he unveiled his recent decision to seek a ‘strategic alliance’ with neighbouring Bolsover Council that will see the two

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