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Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

The Sketch: Luck, judgement and old-fashioned politics

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Union leaders and public urged to debate deficit

Politicians, trade union leaders and members of the public were invited today by the Government to engage in the debate on how to cut the budget deficit and ensure Britain lives within its means.

Tax experts warn against rushing through CGT reform

The nation's leading tax experts have warned the Treasury that it risks "unintended consequences" from rushing capital gains tax (CGT) reform.

Osborne's £6bn cuts boost approval rating

George Osborne's stock among businessmen has risen since he became Chancellor and announced plans for £6bn of public spending cuts.

Government defends £6.2bn spending cuts

The Government today defended £6.2 billion of spending cuts announced on Monday as necessary to tackle the "economic mess" inherited from Labour.

Alistair Darling to return to backbenches

Former chancellor Alistair Darling is to quit front-bench politics after more than two decades, he said today.

Andrew Grice: A coalition with the Tories comes with huge risks for Clegg

One of the ironies of being the third party is that it wanted and yet feared a hung parliament

'Tactical votes' mean good news for Brown in Scotland

Labour's share of the vote in Scotland bucked the national trend by increasing as Conservative hopes of adding to their single seat dwindled.

David Prosser: The debates are over but the real economic argument is just beginning

Outlook The European Union's economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn was careful not to plant his size 10 boots all over the British election yesterday, noting only that the "first and foremost challenge" for the winner will be to come up with "a convincing, ambitious programme of fiscal consolidation". Still, the latest economic forecasts that Mr Rehn was presenting did rather give the lie to some of the themes of this election campaign.

Donald Macintyre: The Conservatives' dilemma is even worse than Labour's

David Cameron hesitates to go on the attack, but polls may force him to

How to Win an Election, BBC4<br/>Ask the Chancellors, Channel 4

The camera that set out to discomfort our leaders has become their new best friend

The Hell-Fire Clubs, By Evelyn Lord

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Civil servants to help in deadlock

Civil servants will for the first time help Britain's political parties to stitch together a post-election agreement if the general election results in a hung parliament.

David Prosser: Housing needs a boost

Outlook: Setbacks in the sector will damage confidence and could even presage the dreaded double dip in the economy as a whole

Budget fails to convince ratings agency

The Chancellor's Budget plans to reduce the fiscal deficit will not prevent a downgrade in Britain's cherished AAA sovereign debt credit rating, it emerged yesterday.

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