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Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%

Clarke has let cat out of the bag on cuts, Labour claims

Government seizes on shadow minister's decision to back European Commission

David Cameron targets public sector deficit

Britain's public sector deficit is "a dark black cloud" holding back the economy, Tory leader David Cameron warned today.

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Conservative plans to slash inheritance tax would effectively abolish the tax "for practical purposes", shows research by the leading accountants, Grant Thornton, for The Independent. In the proposals by the shadow chancellor George Osborne, unveiled in 2007, the threshold would be raised from the present £325,000 to £1m.

Veteran of the MPC leaves after turbulent decade

The longest serving external member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is to step down.

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David Cameron is right to moderate his party's policy on the deficit

Cameron adviser calls for £75bn cut in spending

Conservatives distance themselves from Lord Forsyth's comments

Confidence falls on fears of 'double-dip' recession

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Tory moderates attack climate change sceptics

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Osborne receives backing from the City

Shadow Chancellor's approval rating soars in Independent survey

Tories would privatise Royal Mail, says Clarke

Shadow business secretary Kenneth Clarke said the Conservatives would privatise the Royal Mail if it wins the next general election.

MPs challenge payment demands

Several MPs have challenged a demand for them to repay tens of thousands of pounds in expenses because they rented homes from relatives.

Referendum row rages at Tory conference

David Cameron was struggling to maintain party discipline as divisions over Europe marred the opening day of the Conservative conference.

John Rentoul: The real story is Ireland, not Brighton

This Friday's vote on the Lisbon Treaty is important enough to prick the party conference bubble

Tory 'love for Eton' rapped as Young steps up

David Cameron added a former Cabinet minister, Sir George Young, to his front team today to add much needed "depth and experience" to the Tory leadership.

Economy recovering, say business leaders

Business leaders are more upbeat about the prospects of economic recovery than at any time since the recession began, according to a poll for The Independent.

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