Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%
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Wednesday 01 July 2009
Gordon Brown suffered a wounding double blow to his authority as he abandoned moves to sell a stake in Royal Mail and was defeated by Labour rebels over plans to clean up the Commons after the expenses scandal.
Monday 15 June 2009
A Conservative Government would not seek to reopen negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty if the controversial document has been ratified by all 27 EU states by the time it comes to power, shadow business secretary Kenneth Clarke said yesterday.
Tuesday 24 March 2009
Tuesday 17 March 2009
Saturday 28 February 2009
Friday 20 February 2009
Business leaders have delivered an overwhelming vote of no confidence in the Government's efforts to prevent recession-hit small firms from going bankrupt.
Monday 16 February 2009
Downing Street insisted today that there were no plans for the outright nationalisation of Lloyds Banking Group as shares in the company continued to struggle.
Monday 26 January 2009
Thursday 22 January 2009
Businessmen are warming to the idea of a Conservative government and think that Gordon Brown's measures to revive the economy are failing.
Monday 19 January 2009
It is not hard to imagine the agonising that has gone on in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party about whether to bring back Kenneth Clarke. The former Chancellor warrants the description "big beast" simply by virtue of his positions in governments past. But he is not one of those whose distinction has been frozen in time; the description remains valid, more than a decade after he retired to the backbenches.
Tuesday 30 December 2008
David Cameron is under pressure from Tory activists to bring back "big beasts" including Kenneth Clarke and David Davis to give his Shadow Cabinet more gravitas.
Monday 01 December 2008
The Conservative MP Damian Green was accused by police of "grooming" a Home Office mole. The accusation came during nine hours of questioning by police investigating at least 20 leaks of secret documents from the department. As details of the investigation emerged, the shadow Immigration minister told friends he was livid that detectives resorted to "provocative" language used to describe sex offenders and suicide bombers.
Wednesday 26 November 2008
Britain is probably facing the "longest and deepest recession" for more than 60 years, Tory former chancellor Kenneth Clarke warned today.
Tuesday 25 November 2008
The Tories were today granted an emergency three-hour debate on the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report tomorrow.
Tuesday 25 November 2008
Conservatives last night vowed to vote against Alistair Darling's plans for a 2.5 per cent temporary cut in VAT, as ministers faced claims that the centrepiece of the pre-Budget report would not do enough to kick-start Britain's weakening economy.
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