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

Robert Halfon is described as one of the best campaigners in Parliament

We’re not posh: Tories rebrand party to win friends in the North

Conservatives aim to shed ‘rich’ image in bid to win over crucial voters outside the South East

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Justin Welby: Food banks users ‘aren’t scroungers’

The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised Conservative ministers for dividing the nation to justify their welfare reforms

Labour brand George Osborne and Vince Cable 'weak' as key reforms to banking system are thrown out

Ministers reject several recommendations of the commission set up to prevent future bailouts

Do the maths: Critics say the Department for Education has failed to respond to rising birth rates

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Rise in birth rate in the UK has put primary schools under pressure to meet demand

George Osborne praised Eric Pickles, pictured, as

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Margaret Hodge describes department finances as 'a shocking example of incompetence'

Mark Leftly: Osbornism - one small step for the man, one giant leap for the economy... ideally

Outlook As an economic paradigm, Osbornism has reached maturity: the theory has taken a long time to craft but it has now developed to such an extent that its full force has been unleashed in practice.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The cuts were bad, but the jokes that accompanied them were even worse

Dr Osborne did not say the economy was  ‘healing’ but ‘moving out of intensive care’

Mark Leftly: We have every right to know about the banks' £27bn black hole

Outlook One of the stranger questions raised after the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) revealed that five of the country's biggest lenders have a £27bn black hole in their balance sheets was whether or not the gap should have been disclosed at all.

The average weekly bonus in the financial sector was £143 in April

New banker bonus boom: Payouts leapt 64% to new record when Chancellor George Osborne cut top-rate tax to 45p in April

Disclosure provokes anger with Labour accusing David Cameron of giving a 'massive tax cut' to millionaires

Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of 'dragging his feet on banking reform'

'PM is dragging his feet on bank reform': Labour on attack as bonuses leap to record level

Labour accuse Cameron of giving 'massive tax cut' to millionaires at a time when ordinary families are seeing their incomes shrink

Army job cuts: 4,480 soldiers made redundant by MoD

Government is attempting to cut number of regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018

A policeman and a protester outside Bilderberg venue

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Welfare for the wealthy must be tackled before the government makes any further benefit cuts, Nick Clegg said

We must tackle welfare for the wealthy before cutting benefits for the poor, says Nick Clegg

Welfare for the wealthy must be tackled before the government makes any further benefit cuts, Nick Clegg said on Sunday.

Leading Army officers warn that Government spending cuts to the Armed Forces may be 'dangerous'

Chief of General Staff General Sir Peter Wall and shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones among those urging caution over savings to be laid out in the 2015/16 spending review

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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

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