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Banks hit hardest in revenue-raising budget

Oliver Twist

Banks bore the brunt of George Osborne’s revenue-raising initiatives in a budget that was otherwise welcomed by business leaders for bolstering the oil and gas industry and pushing on with cutting corporation tax to one of the lowest levels in the G20.

Miliband: austerity will worsen under Tories

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband has warned that the pain of austerity will worsen if the Tories win the general election, and accused the party of seeking to hide an “extreme plan” to impose “colossal” spending cuts in the next parliament.

David Cameron agrees to one seven-way TV election debate

David Cameron Visits Hospital

David Cameron has agreed to take part in a seven-way TV election debate in the first week of April, but is still refusing to take part in a head-to-head debate with Ed Miliband. He has instead said he is willing to be questioned on the same programme as Miliband as long as they do not appear simultaneously.

Putin patrol: President appears after 11 days' absence

Vladimir Putin At WEF

For the past decade and a half, Russian President Vladimir Putin has rarely been absent from newsreels. Small wonder, then, that 11 days without a verified sighting of him has sparked conspiracy theories to rival those about the moon landings.