News Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

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.

City refuses to panic over the loss of UK's AAA credit rating

The City refused to panic over the loss of the UK’s AAA rating today as shares headed higher and sterling avoided a major sell-off.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien 'has right to choose next Pope'

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the former archbishop of Westminster said today.

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

BBC's Marr 'continuing to progress' after stroke

Broadcaster Andrew Marr is conscious and “responding to medication” while “continuing to progress” as he recovers in hospital following a stroke, the BBC said.

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

BBC's Andrew Marr in hospital after stroke

Andrew Marr, the TV presenter and journalist, has had a stroke, the BBC said today. The 53-year-old presenter of The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week was taken ill on Tuesday and is recovering in hospital.

PM defends child benefit cuts and tells middle class to pay share

Parents in households where one of them earns above £50,000 a year lost some or all of their right to child benefit at midnight despite a long campaign against the move.

David Cameron defends 'fundamentally fair' child benefit cuts

David Cameron today defended controversial cuts to child benefit payments that come into effect at midnight, insisting the reforms were "fundamentally fair".

London mayor Boris Johnson urges EU vote before next election

Boris Johnson intensified the pressure on David Cameron today by calling for a vote on Britain’s place in Europe before the next general election.

Geri Halliwell and Danny Alexander on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday

Danny Alexander warns firms who use legal tax avoiding schemes that payment is an 'obligation' not an 'option'

Multinational firms who use tax havens and other legal tax avoiding devices were told today that paying tax is not an “option” like putting money on a collection plate, but an “obligation”.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that he would look for greater contributions from the wealthy as he seeks to tackle the UK’s deficit

Government considering £1.8bn raid on tax relief

The amount of money that people will be able to pay into their pension pots without paying tax on it could be slashed by up to a third as part of a £1.8bn raid on tax relief.

The Chancellor, George Osborne

George Osborne admits recovery is taking longer than expected and government will miss economic targets

George Osborne admitted it was taking longer for Britain to recover from the financial crisis than he hoped today amid warnings that the Government would miss its key economic targets..

'Do you want to know my toilet habits?' Lord Patten clashes with MPs over BBC Trust job

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten was forced to defend his role amid scathing criticism by MPs today.

UK needs to 'beef up' action against tax avoidance, says Cable

The UK needs to “beef up” action against tax avoidance and subterfuge by big firms, Business Secretary Vince Cable said, accusing some of engaging in “systematic abuse”.

Theresa May: commissioners will be the voice of the people

Police and crime commissioners will take the “voice of the people” to forces across the country, Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday as she attempted to drum up turnout ahead of the first elections for the positions on Thursday.

The BBC chairman Chris Patten (left) has been commenting after last night's resignation of the BBC Director General George Entwistle (right)

More heads will roll at the BBC, says Lord Patten

No end to the bloodletting as chairman’s own job comes under pressure, while broadcaster refuses to name executive who signed off on Newsnight report

Government has made a shambles of police and crime commissioners plans, says Labour

The Government has made “a shambles” of its flagship criminal justice plans for elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs), Labour said today.

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

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