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

Ed Balls has vowed to increase the top tax rate for high earners to 50p

Debate: Russell Brand has called David Cameron a ‘filthy, dirty, posh w****r’. Has he gone too far?

Russell Brand has elbowed his way back into the headlines with a controversial appearance on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, to be broadcast on Friday.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 8 October 2013

Fast return expected from Royal Mail

David Cameron at the G20 summit

Panel discussion with Steve Richards... How do the Conservatives win the next General Election?

The Conservative conference begins this weekend and with it continues The Independent's series of fringe meetings sponsored by the RSA Group. After interviewing Vince Cable and Ed Balls in the previous two events, our political columnist Steve Richards will be chairing a panel discussion, featuring the Conservative MP Michael Fallon, columnist and former David Cameron speech-writer Ian Birrell, and journalist Anne McElvoy, on the topic of what the Tories can do to assure electoral victory in 2015.

Britain's recovery driven by spending, not trade

ONS shows unbalanced growth, as consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2007
Ed Balls makes his speech to the Labour party's annual conference

Ed Balls speech at the Labour Conference: Key points and reaction, from HS2 to family care

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who will be interviewed by our political columnist Steve Richards this afternoon, addressed the Labour party conference in Brighton this morning. Here are some of the key points from the speech, alongside the media response

Labour Party conference: Future of HS2 in doubt as Ed Balls warns of veto

Announcement marks a significant change of policy

James Moore: Lloyds sale could stand alone without these silly accounting tricks

Outlook On the face of it, yesterday's sale of Lloyds shares was an unalloyed success, perhaps beginning the final chapter of the financial crisis.

House-price bubble fears over 95% mortgages

The Government came under fire this week for backing 95 per cent loan-to-value mortgages.

'Hubris and complacency': Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of over economy and living standards

Labour leader says the Coalition had presided over the slowest recovery in 100 years

Chris Blackhurst: It's time we paid attention to Nev and his call centre, not the huge corporations

Midweek View: Small businesses account for half our national income and two-thirds of all employment
George Osborne is set to deliver his most upbeat economic assessment yet

Told you so: George Osborne says new figures show economy is turning corner and that he has proved Labour wrong

Chancellor argues that the Government’s strategy has worked, but Miliband will cast it as a ‘recovery for the few’

David Cameron, George Osborne, and Mark Carney arrive at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg

'G20 should be ashamed': Oxfam urges summit to fight global tax avoidance

Charity group tells G20 to get tough on tax-dodging firms

Ben Chu: Builders are part of the problem

Are housebuilders a hindrance rather than a help in solving Britain’s chronic housing shortage?

Academy chain to break Government pay ceiling in bid to lure ‘best teachers’

One of the country’s biggest academy chains is busting the Government’s pay ceiling for public sector workers by offering all its teachers a 1.5 per cent pay rise.

Whitehall ‘less effective’ because of job cuts

More than one-third of civil servants believe the Government is botching its attempt to cut the size of Whitehall by allowing the most talented workers to leave.

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