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25 Nov 2015 22:01
George Osborne’s spending review represents a “a huge bet on our future wellbeing”, according to Ed Balls’ former policy chief.
Karim Palant examines the chancellor’s plans in his latest column for TP. He writes:
“The chancellor has breached his welfare cap. He has u-turned on his overall spending plans for this parliament for the second time already. He has backed off flagship policies like tax credit cuts. And his reversal of his planned police cuts
25 Nov 2015 14:54
The shadow chancellor shocked MPs today by reading from a copy of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book in the House of Commons.
John McDonnell is thought to be first politician ever to quote directly from the communist book at the despatch box.
The Labour frontbencher used the stunt to mock George Osborne for encouraging China to invest in British infrastructure projects. He said:
"To assist comrade Osborne in his dealings with his new found comrades,
Spending review highlights: Osborne pulls backs on tax credits, protects police budget and clobbers landlords
25 Nov 2015 13:42
George Osborne has revealed that he will scrap his planned cuts to tax credits, after facing a backlash from campaigners, rival parliamentarians and some members of his own party.
Delivering his autumn statement and spending review, the chancellor said he would abolish the controversial reforms altogether – rather than opt for a fudge, as many had expected.
Osborne used his Commons address to detail £20bn in budget cuts, with the transport, energy and climate change, business
25 Nov 2015 11:59
Former cabinet minister Tim Yeo has lost his libel action against the Sunday Times, with the judge comparing him to a fish wriggling on a hook.
Yeo was attempting to sue the paper after he was approached by undercover journalists posing as representatives of a solar energy concern in the Far East. The Sunday Times reported that Yeo had said he could promote business concerns in return for cash.
The former Tory MP for South
25 Nov 2015 09:20
George Osborne’s political reputation is very much in the spotlight as he prepares to set out the autumn statement and spending review.
The chancellor is expected to face heavy scrutiny over his cuts to unprotected government departments’ budgets. The big losers today may be police, social care, public health and local government. All will become clear shortly.
Perhaps anticipating a negative focus later on, Osborne acted overnight to secure a positive story about his housing
24 Nov 2015 16:04
A commons debate over Trident hit a farcical note today as the deputy speaker ruled on whether it was acceptable for an MP to refer to fellow parliamentarians as “robots”.
As he made the case for Trident, Labour’s John Woodcock explained why he would not be giving way to SNP politicians:
"I would’ve been happy to take every single one of you robots, getting your instruction.
“But the thing is…. the proposer of your motion
24 Nov 2015 15:30
The potential for pollsters to shape future political campaigns is explored by James Frayne in his latest column for TP.
Frayne, director of policy & strategy at Policy Exchange, says polling firms are beginning their "Westminster rehabilitation process" after the 2015 general election.
He suggests the polling industry may need some time restore its reputation. But he also stresses that the best political strategists are able distinguish between what the public say they support and
24 Nov 2015 13:21
Labour heavyweight Alan Johnson lashed out at one of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters during an ill-tempered TV exchange today.
The former cabinet minister went head-to-head with Simon Hardy from the Left Unity group on the BBC's Daily Politics show.
Hardy provoked Johnson by suggesting he had been affected by the Labour election result:
“I know that you’re bitter because your candidate didn’t win the election but you need to let me speak because you’re being a
That's what you call a political party! New Argentinian president Mauricio Macri shows off dance moves
24 Nov 2015 12:42
After 12 years of leftist government, Argentina shifted towards the centre-right on Sunday by voting in Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri as its new president.
Macri’s election is expected to herald a significant change of direction in Argentinian politics. He has promised to introduce more pro-business policies, cut deals with foreign creditors and realign Argentina’s foreign policy away from Venezuela and Iran and closer to the US.
That is all to come. For now, we
24 Nov 2015 08:59
Labour MPs keen to see the back of Jeremy Corbyn will have to hang on a bit longer, a new poll suggests.
For the first time since the leadership election, YouGov has polled all those who could have voted in the Labour leadership contest.
The poll for the Times found that 66 per cent of Labour members believe that Corbyn is doing "well" – even higher than the 59 per cent who voted for