Scrap mansion tax for progressive Stamp Duty Land Tax

Introduction of progressive Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) instead of the proposed mansion tax would be a fairer move for the Chancellor in his upcoming Autumn Statement, says Stephen Hemmings, director at Menzies LLP:

WDM response to Prime Minister’s G20 call on TTIP

‘Cameron’s tired repetition of discredited arguments shows US-EU deal has nothing to offer UK citizens’

At the G20 summit in Brisbane today, David Cameron talked on the need to “rocket boost” the US-EU trade deal or TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership).

UKIP Deputy Chairman responds to Labour’s Andy Burnham

UKIP Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans has responded to Andy Burnham’s letter to the UKIP Leader with a letter of her own.

Ed Miliband: Labour will tackle the zero-zero economy by ending exploitation of zero-hours contracts

Ed Miliband will today (Saturday 15th November) declare that Victorian management practices which exploit zero-hours contracts have no place in the modern world and will be banned by a Labour government.

Come and have a go Ed! Challenge from Nigel Farage

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage challenges Labour Leader Ed Miliband to a televised debate in Open Letter

Unions use cash to shore up Miliband’s collapsing leadership say Tories

New figures reveal that Len McCluskey and his fellow union barons are continuing to underwrite Ed Miliband’s Labour Party with cold hard cash says the Conservative Party.

Labour’s endless lies about UKIP and the NHS are a sign of their total desperation

Labour’s endless lies about UKIP and the NHS are a sign of their total desperation, was the message from UKIP’s health spokesman, in response to Any Burnham’s recent allegations that the anti-EU party want to privatise the NHS.

Oversight Committee publishes report on role of Bank officials in relation to conduct issues in the foreign exchange market

The Oversight Committee has today published an independent report by Lord Grabiner QC. This follows his investigation into whether, between 2005 and 2013, any Bank of England official was involved in, or aware of, conduct issues in the foreign exchange (FX) market.

Brixton, Bristol and Elmley: Three prisons that reveal depth of the crisis behind bars

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to reports on Brixton and Bristol prisons released by their Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) and to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Elmley prison, published today (Wednesday 12 November).

CHART OF THE WEEK: Regional Unemployment


The UK unemployment rate in the third quarter of this year was announced today, and it has continued to fall to 6% – the lowest level since 2008. However, there are huge regional differences within the UK.

Deputy Prime Minister Announces Plan to Unlock ‘£30 Bn’ Manufacturing Supply Chain Opportunity

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that an action plan dedicated to boosting manufacturing supply chains will be put in place from early next year. The ambitious action plan aims to deliver a multi-billion pound lift for British industry.

Cut employee National Insurance and extend free childcare to boost living standards – CBI

Business group unveils package of measures to build a better off Britain

The CBI today (Monday) called on the Government to offer immediate help to boost living standards for low income and working families by raising the threshold when employees pay National Insurance and expanding free childcare to one and two year-olds.