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All the talk has been of cabinet reshuffles in the run-up to the party conference season – but now it looks like they may be delayed until after it is over.

Steve Richards: Osborne passed test – for now. His opposite number failed

The Chancellor looked as if he was throwing money around when he was being miserably prudent

The Sketch: Manners and a fine finish carry the day

No really, what was Ed Miliband like in PMQs yesterday? You probably saw more of it than I did, but I was watching through my fingers.

Shadow Chancellor lambasts the Coalition's 'deficit deceivers'

Alan Johnson condemns the cuts as an ideologically driven assault on the state and based on a series of economic myths

David Prosser: Equitable victims take their share of pain

Outlook One small part of the spending review that the shadow Chancellor, Alan Johnson, chose not to address in his response was Mr Osborne's announcement of a £1.5bn compensation settlement for victims of the Equitable Life injustice. No wonder: the Chancellor was quite right to accuse his Labour predecessors in Government of "dithering" in their response to a series of reports from the Parliamentary Ombudsman, calling for redress for those who lost out as a result of the failure to properly regulate Equitable. Moreover, on the face of it, the offer made to Equitable victims looks to be a decent one.

Business diary: Not a badge to wear with pride

The City PR agency Finsbury and its founder, Roland Rudd, are used to being garlanded for their power and influence, but the latest award handed to the company is likely to go down rather less well. Survival International, a human rights group, wants to give it a gong for "PR Disaster of the Year" in recognition of its work with Vedanta Resources. The London-headquartered miner has had a tough time from such campaigners, who are critical of its plans to mine bauxite in the mountains of Orissa in India.

Alan Johnson urges tax rises to help economic recovery

Shadow chancellor Alan Johnson said today he would increase taxes in a bid to help the economy recover from the recession.

NHS slashes thousands of jobs – despite pledge to protect it from cuts

Hospitals forced to save millions of pounds because financial demands on healthcare outstrip the extra money available

'Cut from the banks to tackle deficit, not child benefit' – Johnson

Alan Johnson, the shadow Chancellor, has said that banks should take a more prominent share in plugging Britain's budget deficit, as he attacked the Government for its "perverse" plan to bring public spending under control.

Where will the axe fall? Whitehall waits for the bloodbath

As George Osborne puts the final touches to this Wednesday's Comprehensive Spending Review, Matt Chorley and Brian Brady reveal how much pain the big departments face.

Children come first despite tough times, says Clegg

The coalition will spend an extra £7bn on improving the life chances of children from disadvantaged families despite the draconian spending cuts to be announced next week.

Osborne ready to 'close deal' on spending review

Yet many big departments are still in talks over scale of cuts

Richard Garner: Coalition cuts will leave universities scraping by, yet MPs may still torpedo fees proposal

Unlike in the UK, the US and Germany have used the recession to invest in higher education

Johnson launches attack on spending cuts

Shadow chancellor Alan Johnson today warned that the Government's spending cuts would cause more damage than those inflicted by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

John Rentoul: A power play to match Blair v Brown

Having alienated three key figures in his party, the new Labour leader will need every ounce of authority he can muster
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