autumn statement

House of Commons

A universal credit crisis and Tory civil war

Angela Eagle MP  |  27 November 2014

I am beginning to wonder if the chancellor knows something about climate change that he is not letting on, because next week we will have his autumn statement, which is yet again in December. It comes as his five year plan to eliminate the deficit is now running four years late and wages have fallen …

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George Osborne Autumn statement 2013

Accelerating the pace

Stephen Beer  |  6 December 2013

As usual, the most interesting thing about the chancellor’s autumn statement was the accompanying report from the Office for Budget Responsibility. There was no political gain to be had from any significant policy announcements made now. Promises of tax cuts do remain on the agenda, though driven by a shrinking state since the government still …

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Angela Eagle 6 December 2013

Marxist or Thatcherite?

Angela Eagle MP  |  6 December 2013

I began Business of the House Questions this week by paying tribute to Sir George Young who has announced that he will stand down after 41 years in parliament. I suggested his local party should incorporate an IQ test as part of the selection process for his successor to stop the mayor of London sniffing …

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George Osborne Autumn statement 2013

Autumn statement liveblog

Sally Keeble  |  5 December 2013

Sally Keeble comments on this year’s autumn statement as it happens —————- 14.00 This was a statement that was big on political rhetoric, but thin on practical details. Bold statements on sticking to austerity, with some warm words in the direction of young people, the housing market and married couple. It’s been a winter warmer for …

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George Osborne spending review 2013

What if the Tories repealed Conquest’s third law?

Hopi Sen  |  14 November 2013

Last night Hopi Sen dreamt of a politics where Conquest’s third law was repealed. He reports back on what he saw. It is 5 December. The chamber of the House of Commons is full. George Osborne gets up, his hands shaking a little. The opposition benches notice his nervousness and the noise in the Commons …

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House of Commons

Vicious, poisonous and nasty

Angela Eagle MP  |  14 December 2012

Yesterday during business questions I welcomed the fact that, after months of prevarication, the government has decided to bring forward legislation on equal marriage.  But I pushed the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley, to ensure that we do not have a repeat of some of the outrageous and offensive remarks made recently in debates, …

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Women walking

The raid on women

Seema Malhotra MP  |  12 December 2012

Last year a leaked No 10 memo admitted the government had a problem with women and promised a new communications campaign to turn things around – but the admitted blind spot has got worse, not better – with last week’s autumn statement disproportionately hitting women harder than ever. Despite repeated warnings from Labour, the Fawcett …

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George Osborne

Working poor are the real strivers

Kevan Jones MP  |  12 December 2012

In an attempt to divert attention from his failure to meet his own fiscal targets, George Osborne knew that he would have to pull a political rabbit out of the hat in last week’s autumn statement. So he pledged to uprate benefits by just one per cent in each of the next three years, placing …

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George Osborne

The Osborne trap

Jacqui Smith  |  10 December 2012

One of the most surprising things about George Osborne’s omnishambles budget statement was that it undermined his reputation as a canny – some might say devious – political operator. The autumn statement has gone some way to restoring this reputation. His proposal to cap benefit payment increases has set a potential trap for Labour. We …

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William Beveridge

‘Something-for-something Britain’

Liam Byrne MP  |  1 December 2012

It was a heck of a year. 1942 wasn’t the beginning of the end. But it was, as Churchill said, the end of the beginning. The Allies turned the tide in north Africa, Stalingrad and Guadalcanal. Interest in what the fight was for hit a new high and, 70 years ago today, Sir William Beveridge …

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