Chris Leslie

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 01.08.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

£80bn Scheme To Kick-Start Bank Lending Launched

PA | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Politics

An £80 billion initiative to kick-start bank lending was fired into action today in the latest attempt to boost the struggling economy. The Bank o...

HSBC Boss 'I'm Sorry For 'The Mistakes Of The Past'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK

HSBC boss Stuart Gulliver apologised for "the mistakes of the past" as the banking giant set aside a further 1.5 billion US dollars (£950 million) to...

Lord Green 'Regrets' HSBC Failings, But Labour Accuse Trade Minister Of 'Hiding'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Politics

Trade minister Lord Green has expressed "regret" that HSBC failed to prevent drug king pins, terror groups and rogue states using the bank to launder ...

Osborne Accused Of 'Utter Contempt' For Leaking Budget

Posted 22.03.2012 | UK Politics

Labour has accused George Osborne of showing "utter contempt" for parliament by leaking much of his Budget to the newspapers before it was delivered t...

Academy Battle Headteacher Resigns

PA | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The headteacher of a school resisting academy status has resigned after it was placed in special measures. Downhills Primary School in Haringey, no...

Northern Rock Sale To Be Investigated

PA | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics

The controversial sale of state-owned bank Northern Rock will be investigated by the public spending watchdog, it has been confirmed. Amyas Mors...