Thursday’s YouGov poll, for the The Sun, puts the Green party in fourth place, one point ahead of the Liberal Democrats.
Tony Blair has insisted that his much-criticised business dealings with dubious governments round the world have not been as lucrative as people think – as one of his staff suggested his wealth amounted to about £10m.
Jeremy Thorpe, who brought the Liberal party to the brink of coalition government in 1974 but resigned amid scandal soon after, has died aged 85 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, his son Rupert has announced.
George Osborne was drawn into a confrontation with Britain’s leading tax and spending experts after the Institute for Fiscal Studies said he had a duty to spell out his deficit reduction plans and warned of cuts on a “colossal” scale.
Languidly elegant, immaculately dressed and with an apparently unshakable confidence, Jeremy Thorpe was both a sharp and popular politician and a man with a scandalous secret.
Jeremy Thorpe, who has died at the age of 85, became the principal forgotten figure of modern British politics long ago.
George Osborne has lashed out at criticisms of his plans for further public spending cuts in the next parliament, accusing the BBC of hyperbolic coverage and conjuring up bogus images of the 1930s depression.
The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, brushed aside George Osborne’s eye-catching tax cuts and got straight to the heart of the problems facing his rival – stagnant wages, worrying borrowing and disappointing revenue receipts.
The squeeze on pay packets and falling income tax receipts mean George Osborne will miss his short-term budget targets, the government’s fiscal watchdog said, as it predicted public spending will drop to an 80-year low by the end of the decade.