Chris Leslie

Labour Missed An 'Open Goal' In Defeating PM And Shouldn't Claim 'Famous Victory'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK

Labour missed an “open goal” to beat Theresa May and should not pretend it achieved a “famous victory”, a former shadow chancellor has said. C...

Looking Down the Track of the Brexit Rollercoaster

Chris Leslie | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

If you think Brexit is a rollercoaster so far, we've only just started the ride. And the eerie silence you hear from Government as we supposedly gear up to the big negotiations doesn't bode well either. We're going to have to brace ourselves for turbulent times and face up to some pretty fundamental questions.

Diane Abbott Laughs Off 'Sad Answer' Jibe As She Struggles To Explain Labour's Economic U-Turn

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Politics

Labour’s economic policy confusion continued this morning as Shadow Cabinet Minister Diane Abbott laughed off trying to explain a u-turn on the part...

'Jeremy Corbyn Is Not Hard-Left, Just Anti-Thatcherism' Claims Labour MP

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn is not “hard-left” but a challenge to the Thatcherite “economic consensus”, one of his supporters claimed today amid a row over ...

'Jeremy Corbyn Would Make The Poor Poorer' Labour's Shadow Chancellor Hits Out

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic polices would leave the poorest worse off, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor warned today as he vowed not to serve under the lef...

Budget Bad News Keeps On Coming: Fewer Cheap Homes To Be Built

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics

At least 14,000 fewer affordable homes will be built to as a result of the Budget, the Government’s own financial watchdog has warned. Although c...

George Osborne Is Missing Ed Balls

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics

They were foes across the Dispatch Box but George Osborne appears to be missing Ed Balls. The Chancellor going toe-to-toe with the former Labour MP...

'Hidden Chancellor' George Osborne Sends In A Junior To Defend RBS Sale

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne was branded a ‘hidden Chancellor’ today after failing to turn up to the Commons to defend selling the public stake in RBS for less ...

George's Not-So Marvellous Medicine? Cuts Rule 'Makes No Sense'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne is risking needless austerity cuts with a new move to force future governments to balance the books, a former Bank of England economist...

How Can This Government Attempt to Justify a £3Billion Tax Cut for the Top One Per Cent?

Chris Leslie | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

The average British family has not been anywhere near so fortunate as the highest earners, however, and will be £974 a year worse off by 2015 because of tax and benefit changes introduced since 2010... Can there be any greater fallacy than George Osborne's desperate claim that "we're all in this together"?

Under 30? These Two Have Actually Made You Poorer

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics

Young Britons have been hit by a real-terms drop in weekly wages of around 10% under the coalition, analysis released by Labour shows. Earnings for...

We'll Call Out the Tory Lie Machine

Chris Leslie | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

The Tory Lie Machine is desperate to distract attention from the fact that they've raised taxes 24 times, and that tax and benefit changes since 2010 will leave the average household £974 a year worse off by the time of the next election - while giving millionaires a tax cut. But when they choose to lie about Labour's plans, we're going to call them out on it.

George's Officials Accused Of Helping 'Coalition Propaganda Machine'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's deputy Danny Alexander has been accused of using Treasury civil servants as a "coalition propaganda machine" after ordering them to p...

Future Labour Government WILL NOT Undo Hugely Unpopular Coalition Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

A future Labour government will not undo the hugely unpopular cuts imposed by the current coalition, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury is exp...

You Care Too Much About The Rich, Clegg Tells Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has lashed out at Tory ministers for being "too preoccupied" with the rich and accused chancellor George Osborne of trying to "steal" credi...

NOW It's Official: Britons Are Worse Off Under the Tories

Chris Leslie | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

George Osborne spoke for 55 minutes on Wednesday afternoon but, amid the bluster and the boasts, failed to mention the cost of living crisis even once. Instead, this out-of-touch Chancellor used the Budget to claim that everything is going smoothly, when we all know he has missed his targets on growth, living standards and on balancing the books by 2015.

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Osborne 'Not Worried' About High Interest Rates, Despite Warning They'd Be A DISASTER | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

After years hitching his economic credibility on low interest rates, George Osborne is executing an outright U-turn as he prepares to chalk them up as...

Osborne Urged To Stop RBS Bankers Bid To DOUBLE Their Bonuses

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne is under pressure to throw out any request from the mostly state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland to let it pay its bankers twice their pay...

'Year Of Hard Truths' In 2014, Warns Osborne

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne will paint 2014 as "the year of hard truths" as he warns voters that only further austerity measures can pay for tax cuts and better jo...

The Autumn Statement - A List of Failures Dressed Up as Victories

Chris Leslie | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

After three wasted years, we have had another day of complacency from George Osborne. All we heard in a speech of nearly an hour was more evidence of the cost of living crisis and a few misplaced boasts about the state of the economy, despite the fact that this is no recovery at all for millions of families.

Osborne's Latest Growth Scheme Used ONCE In 15 Months

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has come under fire as official figures showed that the Treasury's scheme to boost job creation and economic growth by underwriting inf...

Despite Positive GDP Figures, This Complacent Chancellor Should Not Be Relaxing

Chris Leslie | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

For most people, life is getting harder as the cost of living rises. So while today's economic growth figures show a small rise in Britain's output - something which is both welcome and long-overdue - the sobering truth is that there has been no recovery yet for people on middle and low incomes.

Lib Dems Pressured To Split Coalition And Vote For Robin Hood Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

Labour has cooked up a scheme to get Lib Dem MPs to vote against the government on Tuesday, by forcing a vote on the principle of a Financial Transact...

Cuts Will Come From Whitehall Not Benefits, George Osborne Insists

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has indicated there will be no further cuts to benefits, after he revealed seven government departments had already signed up to slash ...

Another Missed Opportunity by George Osborne

Chris Leslie | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Leslie

Yesterday was a chance for George Osborne to signal he would act to get the economy moving again in order to get the deficit down and begin to turn around his failing ship. Instead he stuck dogmatically to the course which led Britain to the longest double-dip recession since the war and the slowest recovery of any in the last century.