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Ed Miliband in no-strike Olympic Games appeal

Ed Miliband called today for industrial action to be avoided during the Olympic Games after London bus drivers were balloted over a potential strike in a row over pay.

Personal details of race participants appear online

The personal details of thousands of runners, possibly including politicians and celebrities, were made available to the public yesterday after a security breach on the London Marathon website.

'1.3m more' in 40p income tax band

Changes made in George Osborne's Budget yesterday will mean 1.3 million people on "relatively modest salaries" are forced into the higher 40p rate of income tax over the next few years, a respected economic think-tank said today.

Chancellor George Osborne before delivering a much-trailed Budget which contained two surprises: pensioners' allowances and further welfare cuts

Balls accuses Osborne of a 'grab on grannies' as pensioners feel pinch

The Government was accused of an "outrageous assault" on the elderly after it emerged that more than four million pensioners will be worse off following changes to simplify the tax system unveiled in the Budget.

Cut tax to boost growth, says Ed Balls

George Osborne was today urged by Labour to implement “significant tax cuts” in next month's Budget.

Angry GMB union to debate Labour links

One of the biggest union affiliates to Labour is set to debate its future links with the party after an "unprecedented" number of branches raised concerns, it was revealed today.

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Andy Burnham: 'It's a genie out of the bottle moment'

The shadow Health Secretary is furious at the coalition's plans for NHS reform, but reckons this is the one issue that could trigger David Cameron's downfall. Matt Chorley meets Andy Burnham

Voters agree with Labour – but don't trust it to deliver

The public support Labour’s policy of cutting the deficit more slowly but do not trust the party to implement it, according to a survey for The Independent.

Miliband: 'I'm not going to make promises that I cannot keep'

Steve Richards: Labour deserves oblivion if it listens to the unions on pay

I begin with a little quiz. Who said the following words, and when? I will give you a clue, the second part of the question is at least as important as the first. Here are the words: "I have to level with you all ... a plan for growth now will help get the economy moving again and stop the vicious circle on the deficit – but by itself it won't secure our economic future or magic the deficit away. A steadier, more balanced, medium-term plan to get the deficit down will still mean difficult decisions and tough choices in the years ahead. Tough choices on tax and spending ... Discipline in public and private sector pay. And no matter how much we dislike particular Tory spending cuts or tax rises, we cannot make promises now to reverse them."

Leading article: Labour must stand up to the unions

The challenge from the trade unions may be the opportunity Mr Miliband needs

Former Labour official Luke Bozier will defect to the Conservative Party today because he says that Ed Miliband (pictured) is proving a 'disaster' as Labour leader

Ed Miliband under assault from unions

Ed Miliband came under assault from Labour's union backers today, as fury over his decision to embrace austerity measures led to open discussions about the withdrawal of financial support for the party.

Unite union chief rounds on Miliband

The head of Britain's biggest union tore into Ed Miliband last night, warning that the Labour leader was taking the party to disaster – and risking his own survival – by alienating its most loyal supporters.

Ed Miliband 'winning battle of ideas'

Ed Miliband claimed today he was "winning the battle of ideas" but said it was a "hard process" to change the Labour Party.

Labour leader Ed Miliband wants to clamp down on the amount of potential tax revenue that goes into offshore havens such as Jersey

Time to close tax havens loophole, says Miliband

More than £2bn could be raised if action is taken against wealthy UK residents' offshore funds

Steve Richards: Referendums can be very dangerous if you don't know the result

In the UK, referendums are rarely held. Quite a few are offered at some distant point in the future, but governments only call them when they are confident they will win. This is what makes the drama over a referendum for Scottish independence so explosive. Referendums here are not about leaders discovering a sudden passion for direct forms of democracy. Usually they are about leaders seizing control of controversial policies.

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