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post 24 June 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Alexis Tsipras has his homework thrown back at him by IMF

The IMF like their emergency economic plans from debtor countries pretty heavy on the spending cuts, light on the tax rises. The Tsipras plan was the very opposite.

post 22 June 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Rolling the pitch for tax credit rollback

The government is acutely aware that some of the voters critical to its victory in swing seats were workers at the lower end of the pay scale who were claiming tax credits.

article 17 June 2015 UK
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George Osborne: how the Chancellor is positioning for PM

As George Osborne stands in for David Cameron at PMQs we chart how the Chancellor has positioned himself as the future leader of the Conservative party

post 16 June 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Tory rebellion on Europe: a sign of strength or weakness?

The big debate now is over a renegotiation which will be followed by a giant safety valve for backbench discontent: their longed-for referendum.

post 12 June 2015
Read more on Michael's blog Grant Shapps: no hard evidence he edited entries, Wikipedia decides

A Wikipedia committee has decided there was no conclusive evidence Grant Shapps or any of his associates were involved in editing entries.

article 10 June 2015 UK
George Osborne at Mansion House
George Osborne confirms budget surplus law

Tough new rules to force governments to run budget surpluses will be brought in, George Osborne announces at his annual Mansion House speech.

post 08 June 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Would Cameron sack ministers over Europe?

Some close to the PM believe he is already leaning towards the lenient approach pioneered by Harold Wilson: letting ministers keep their jobs while they campaign on opposing side in the referendum.

post 27 May 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Queen's Speech: a Tory 'kaleidoscope' government's programme

Former minister Simon Burns said it was a joy to be in office in a Tory kaleidoscope government. It was through, he said, a kaleidoscope that all was blue and blessedly without yellow, purple or red.

article 27 May 2015 UK
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Queen's speech 2015: adopting 'a one nation approach'

Delivered by the Queen in her speech at the state opening of parliament, the government outlines its political priorities, promising to "bring different parts of the country together."