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

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

Ben Chu: Cheap clothes and tax dodging

Outlook The lethal collapse of a building in Bangladesh, where workers were churning out cheap clothes for retailers such as Primark, has prompted scrutiny of the supply chains of some of our big retailers.

James Moore: Balfour's reputation gets a battering after shake-up problems

Outlook. Plus: Few crumbs of comfort for Greggs shareholders; No pause for breath in bosses' huge payouts

Analysis: Economic recovery - a sprint that became a painful marathon

"We've always said the road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint" said the Business Secretary Vince Cable today in response to the GDP figures. Talk about rewriting history.

James Moore: Not much to celebrate – even if we avoid ignominy of triple-dip recession

Outlook It's the end of the fiscal year and time to tot up exactly what the Government has to show, in terms of cutting Britain's budget deficit, for another year of austerity, public sector job cuts, pay freezes and non-existent economic growth.

'No guarantee' that independent Scotland could reach currency deal, Osborne warns

Scotland would be left with three options - keeping pound, creating Scottish currency or joining euro

Double whammy of bad news wings its way to the Chancellor

Fears grow that ONS data will show Britain in the dreaded grip of a triple-dip recession

Touched by George Osborne's tears? Don't worry. It'll all end in votes

The Chancellor's grief at Lady Thatcher's funeral won't sway his critics, but many found it both genuine and moving

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

There's no point in comparing our school holidays to other nations

When I got a bad school report and compared myself to others, my Dad said: “I’m not talking about them, I’m talking about you”. It’s that kind of philosophy Gove needs

The real Simon Brodkin, English comedian

TV comic Lee Nelson pulls out of race for David Miliband's former Parliamentary seat

TV comedian Lee Nelson has withdrawn his nomination to stand in the South Shields by-election.

Mums seek work as wage growth hits a record low

Pay packets are growing at their slowest rate on record, forcing thousands more stay-at-home mums to look for work and adding to Britain’s dole queues, official figures revealed today.

Hitting home: A bus-shelter poster warns of changes to the benefits system

Women to lose nearly £4bn in latest household budget cuts

Changes to benefits and personal taxation mean the female population is hit hardest

Editorial: A nation more divided

A tax handout to the rich and cuts for the poorest makes a mockery of 'all in it together'

Labour cannot win by debating welfare on the Tories' terms

The week I saw how low the right will stoop

Nick Clegg is under pressure from senior Liberal Democrats to fight the 2015 election on a pledge to restore the 50p rate of tax on earnings over £150,000 a year

Senior Lib Dems want Nick Clegg to promise a return to 50p top rate

Manifesto should distance party from 'tax cut for millionaires'

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