George Osborne should be ashamed for diverting aid budget, says Tim Farron

Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has accused the government of preparing to use international aid money to “plug black holes” in the defence budget, after reviews of defence and aid spending signalled that more funds would be channelled from the Department for International Development (DfID) to projects in other departments.

Britain named sixth best country for doing business


The government’s drive to cut red tape and corporate tax has seen the UK move up the international league table for doing business in a year that has seen both rich and poor countries strive to ease regulations on setting up and running companies, the World Bank said.