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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Boris Johnson’s popularity is outstripping that of the Conservative Party and David Cameron

Popularity poll: Boris Johnson tops David Cameron – and his own party

Result puts the Tories on their lowest-ever rating for ComRes

Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls

Ed Balls: Labour would cap state pension if it returned to power

Shadow chancellor sets challenge to George Osborne, who is due to announce a cap on the welfare bill this month

Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Labour admits it did not build enough homes while in power

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne today admitted that Labour did not build enough homes when it was in power.

Ed Miliband is 'confused over benefits,' claims David Cameron

Comments come after Labour said it would not seek reverse coalition's child benefit cuts

Andy McSmith's Diary: It wasn’t ‘just like that’ in Tommy Cooper’s day

As MPs gathered after the half-term break, you could hear the question whizzing around the building: “Do you know who they are?” The reference was to a mystery story festooned across the front of the Mail on Sunday about an extramarital affair between two unnamed famous people.

Ed Balls arrives at the Thomson Reuters headquarters to give his speech

Ed Balls sets out election battle lines with promise to spend billions on housebuilding and road and rail projects

Labour would stick within the Coalition’s limits on day-to-day spending if it wins power in 2015 but would plough billions of pounds more into housebuilding and road and rail projects.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: International laughing stock, Prime Minister? Don’t worry – just blame it all on the rebels

John Baron can seem like a Mafia operative offering you the sort of protection that it would be unwise to refuse

Conservative supporter John Risworth in Corsham, Wiltshire

Ed Miliband told to answer the question - this time by Labour

Jittery party demands more detail on economic policy as poll lead narrows

Editorial: A nation more divided

A tax handout to the rich and cuts for the poorest makes a mockery of 'all in it together'
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pension Secretary, says he could get by on £53 a week

Welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith: I could get by on £53 a week

Online petition calls on the Work and Pensions Secretary - who currently takes home £1,581 a week after tax - to prove it

Chancellor George Osborne (left) comes face to face with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls outside the Millbank studios in Westminster today

George Osborne under fire: Labour brands Budget's home ownership boost scheme a 'subsidised mortgage for millionaires'

Ed Balls contrasts new measures with 'bedroom tax' saying claiming the Government will help people buy spare homes

G20 finance ministers meeting in Moscow this weekend

UK economy is 'in the relegation zone'

The UK has one of the slowest economic growth rates of all the G20 countries, new figures revealed yesterday, as George Osborne met finance ministers in Moscow.

George Osborne speaking at JPMorgan in Bournemouth yesterday

Chancellor 'is being soft' on banks' ring-fencing

Labour on the attack, claiming George Osborne has failed to deliver radical reform

IoS poll

Europe poll pledge gives PM 5-point 'bounce'

David Cameron's referendum promise narrows the Labour lead to six points, down from 11 last month

Labour defends plans to deprive the long-term unemployed of benefits if they refuse to take job offer

Labour today defended its plans to deprive the long-term unemployed of their benefits if they refuse to take up the offer of a “guaranteed” job.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee