Tory minister and former aide to George Osborne Amber Rudd MP has claimed that an undeclared role as a “partner” in a firm of management consultants to the finance sector was a “voluntary advisory role”. But with Westminster engulfed in controversy over MPs’ outside interests, her office have refused to reveal the exact dates on which she entered and left the […]

The Tories’ line on the massive tax avoidance facilitated by HSBC is unravelling rapidly. Yesterday Treasury financial secretary David Gauke told the Commons: “This information about HSBC has been in the public domain since 2007—that is when the leaks occurred. The whole story may have come as a surprise to the hon. Lady, but it […]

Back in 2010 the BBC reported on the 40% rise in advertising spending in the run up to the last general election, with the former head of the Government Information Service telling them that ministers pressurised civil servants to run adverts which would highlight the government’s programme as polling day approached: “One of the dangerous things […]

In the Tories’ first major set piece of the election campaign, George Osborne slams what he claims are his opponents’ ‘unfunded spending pledges’ at a press conference. Ninety minutes later his own minister Sajid Javid goes on national radio and refuses to explain how various Tory spending commitments will be paid for. listen to ‘Sajid Javid car crash’ […]

With yet another report blaming food poverty on delays in benefit payments, George Osborne will likely be called on to take personal responsibility for his role in a rise in food poverty — after he acted to deliberately increase waiting times for desperate claimants. Ignoring warnings, the millionaire chancellor introduced the tough-looking measure at the 2013 Spending Review — after which […]

Those with properties on the £2m threshold of Labour’s proposed Mansion Tax, a measure slammed by the Tories and a centrepiece of their campaigning, will be hit with a £53,750 increase in stamp duty, documents for George Osborne’s autumn statement have revealed. This figure is equivalent to, errr, 18 years of Mansion Tax payments. The move is utterly brazen in […]