George Osborne will stand up to deliver his budget on 8 July as a chancellor in his pomp: freed of those pesky Liberal Democrats; emboldened by the Tories’ decisive victory at the ballot box; and invigorated by the prospect of a job vacancy at No 10.
Ed Miliband has met his number one fan, the founder of Milifandom, which he called the “most unlikely cult of the 21st century”.
The Scottish government has been accused of trying to bury a report that predicts North Sea oil revenues could be £40bn less than the SNP’s most optimistic forecasts by releasing it the day before Holyrood’s summer recess – and after the deadline for emergency questions.
The lowest-paid workers would have to get pay rises of at least 25% to compensate for a £5bn cut to tax credits, Labour’s acting leader, Harriet Harman, has said.
A split has emerged within Labour after its former policy chief Jon Cruddas announced he was setting up an English wing of the party.
Nick Clegg discussed resigning as Liberal Democrat leader in the wake of the party’s humiliating reverses in the European and local elections in May 2014, an investigation by the Guardian has revealed.
Unlike in the Scottish referendum, it looks as if the EU referendum will be fought with multiple campaigns on each side.
Nicola Sturgeon’s government has been urged to be far bolder on land reform after proposals to cap the amount of private land owned by one person or company were dropped.
Some trade unions could push for Britain to quit the EU if member states allow David Cameron to water down worker rights as part of his renegotiation, the GMB union has warned in letters to every European leader.
David Cameron’s claim to have saved taxpayers £1.2bn by turning around the lives of almost 117,000 of the country’s most troubled families has been dismissed as “pure unadulterated fiction”.
Parental choice is in a fragile state. Almost 30 years on from the “great” Education Reform Act, which ushered in the idea that choice would raise standards and satisfy all, barely a day goes by without a reminder of what a flimsy notion this is.
The chief inspector of schools has urged the government to bring back formal national tests for 14-year-olds in England as a way of tackling persistent underperformance among the most able pupils.