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State funding of politics would be a monstrous response to the reckless open-door policy at No 10, argues Iain Martin.
There will be scandals like this for as long as our system of political party funding continues unreformed, argues Gavin Devine
More than 4,000 offenders, including rapists, paedophiles and drug dealers, applied to become teachers last year only to be rejected after checks.
Taking the big money out of politics was promised in the election manifestos of all three main parties, and in the Coalition agreement.
As a pungent fug pervades Westminster, Jerry Hayes hails the start of reshuffle-speculation season
Budgets are not just about trying to outwit political opponents in a complex game of chess and propaganda, as some in Westminster believe. They are also about the vision that a chancellor and government wish to convey.
George Osborne mounted a £3 billion “stealth” raid on middle-class pensioners to fund a cut in the 50p top rate of income tax and free millions from paying income tax altogether in the Budget.
Our expert panellists give their views on today’s budget
And they’re off! The race for City Hall has officially started and the competitors are flooring the accelerators of their Mayormobiles.
George Osborne’s 2012 Budget had one eye on the election and the other on the Liberal Democrats, says Iain Dale
The Chancellor must now persuade the public that the end of the 50p tax rate won’t be just a sop to the rich
Chancellor George Osborne will unveil public spending cuts of up to £2billion to fund a reduction in income tax for more than 20 million people.
The latest round of predictions about tomorrow’s Budget confirms that it could be a landmark for the Coalition.
Boris Johnson is eight points ahead of Ken Livingstone in the race to be Mayor on May 3, according to a new poll this afternoon.
Nick Clegg knows he has to break loose from David Cameron soon. The coalition’s radicalism must be crammed into this budget
What is the Free Enterprise Group? Matthew Barrett profiles the most influential new gathering of Tory MPs
The Forty. The 301. The 2020. These are some of the groups formed by Conservative MPs after the last general election. Most are largely made up of, or driven by, 2010-intake MPs.
The Tory party must appeal to the northern strivers to have any hope of another outright election victory
The Chancellor, George Osborne, gave little away yesterday when he declared that Wednesday’s Budget would be intended to help “low and middle earners”.
Tory support up three points to 39%, but two-thirds of voters want to keep top rate of tax, Guardian/ICM poll finds
We’re all familiar with the first and second rules of Fight Club, right? The third rule, were there any sense, would be: Don’t fight on Twitter.
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