Author: Tom Marchant

George’s Marvellous Medicine

In a typically boisterous Commons on Wednesday, news of an unexpected rise in tax receipts brought a very different budget than the one we were led to expect. The OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility) radically altered its forecast for public finances, predicting they will be £27bn better off by 2020. This came on the same day that Chancellor George Osborne announced his Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which included two significant U-turns. Listed below is the outline of what Mr Osborne said:   The Key Points: Abandonment of £4.4bn planned cuts to Child and Working Tax credits, which was...

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The Weekend in Sport: 30th October-1st November

Football  This weekend saw local teams Liverpool and Everton score 9 goals between them, with Klopp securing his first win as Liverpool manager with a 1-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Everton thrashed North East side Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison, with Arouna Koné securing a hat-trick in the process. The plight of Jose Mourinho continued over the weekend, with the aforementioned home defeat heaping pressure upon the Chelsea boss, as the club at the time of writing resides in 15th place. There are plenty of calls from fans for Mourinho to be replaced as manager, despite winning the...

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The Weekend in Sport: 23-25th October

Football This weekend saw new Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp draw his third game in charge, thanks to a late equaliser by Southampton at Anfield, with other local side Everton losing 2-1 away at Arsenal on Saturday. This weekend also saw the Manchester derby end in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, putting Manchester City to the top of the table on goal difference. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was sacked on Sunday morning, leading to the rumour mill putting names like David Moyes and Remi Garde as possible successors for the job. Champions Chelsea’s defeat at the hands of...

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Conference Round Up

  The first conference season since the General Election saw Jeremy Corbyn deliver his first address as leader of the Labour party, as well as a parade of Conservative leadership hopefuls, hot on the heels of David Cameron, posturing at their conference in Manchester last week. Tim Farron, the newly elected Liberal Democrat Leader, spoke at his party conference, this being 6 months after the party was reduced from 57 seats to just 8. It also saw a fairly low key conference from UKIP, with divisions over the direction of the ‘Out’ or ‘Leave’ campaign in the wake of...

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