George Osborne’s decision to cut the 50p tax rate for top earners has cost the Treasury around £100 million, according to an independent report. MORE
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The mayor of London has been treated with woozy indulgence by the media. But Britain may pay the price MORE
Boris Johnson giving evidence to the Treasury select committee last week. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Times columnist Matthew Parris shocks Tories by accusing London mayor of dishonesty, vacuity and veiled homophobia MORE
Parris was heavily critical of Johnson’s appearance in front of the Treasury select committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat groups in the Local Government Association have combined to oppose plans to force all English schools to become academies. MORE
Councillors from Tory heartlands such as Hampshire and Oxfordshire have expressed dismay at plans to convert all schools to academies. MORE
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Plans to turn every state school in England into an academy have been criticised by Conservative councillors. MORE
David Cameron and George Osborne were struggling to maintain a semblance of unity in the Tory party as allies of Iain Duncan Smith said he had quit the cabinet because he regarded their cuts to welfare as “morally indefensible”.
Iain Duncan Smith’s allies said he regarded cuts to welfare as ‘morally indefensible’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
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