Osborne’s tax cut for top earners ‘cost £100 million’

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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Boris Johnson. Liar, conman – and prime minister?

The mayor of London has been treated with woozy indulgence by the media. But Britain may pay the price MORE
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Boris Johnson giving evidence to the Treasury select committee last week. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Former Tory MP’s scathing Boris Johnson attack deepens party rift

Times columnist Matthew Parris shocks Tories by accusing London mayor of dishonesty, vacuity and veiled homophobia MORE

Johnson’s appearance in front of the Treasury select committee.

Parris was heavily critical of Johnson’s appearance in front of the Treasury select committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Cross-party move against England’s academy schools plan

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

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‘They’ve gone bonkers’: Tory councillors angry with academy plans

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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Tory councillors criticise academy schools ‘diktat’

Plans to turn every state school in England into an academy have been criticised by Conservative councillors. MORE

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Angela Eagle destroys George Osborne in Budget debate

Tory party at war as Iain Duncan Smith allies slam ‘immoral cuts’

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

Iain Duncan Smith’s allies said he regarded cuts to welfare as ‘morally indefensible’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

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