The phone connection is terrible, but I interview TV star Andrew Michael despite such interference and the noise from passing cars.
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.
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.
Currently, the Lib Dems are struggling, but they have influenced the budget and will likely do so in years to come
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.
Theresa May has said the claims a police investigation into the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was scrapped, and corruption blocked other historic police operations into child abuse, were “shocking and could lead to criminal prosecutions”.
Ed Miliband has ruled out a Labour-SNP coalition, but could David Cameron’s party deal with Nicola Sturgeon’s?
The chair of the public accounts committee has said she is not “filled with confidence” that the government department pioneering the privatisation of higher education has put systems in place to guard public money.
David Cameron is prepared to say that Britain’s next parliament should consider changing the law to make it easier to ban extremist groups which actively promote terrorism, after the government decided that there are no grounds under current legislation to ban the Muslim Brotherhood.
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.
Sadiq Khan, the new Labour mayor of London, has refused to endorse the party’s local election posters, signed off by Jeremy Corbyn, that urged voters to “take sides”.
Leaving the European Union would hit house prices significantly and make mortgages more expensive, George Osborne has claimed, as the referendum campaign steps up a gear.
Pressure is mounting on the Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, to push for Scotland to gain even more independence within the UK after the party’s humiliating defeat in the Holyrood elections.