Daily Archives: April 22, 2008

Jim Pickard

It has taken a year for many Labour MPs to notice that the headline cut in income tax from 22p to 2op came at a cost – the abolition of the 10p band.

That seems pretty embarrassing. Bear in mind that the headlines – the day after the 2007 Budget - focussed on this sleight of hand. Read more

Jim Pickard

Hazel Blears, communities secretaries, told a Commons committee this morning that the quality of data on the UK’s migrant population was not as good as it could be.

“We are working with the LGA (Local Government Association) to get better data,” she said. Read more

Jim Pickard

It’s one thing for an MP to put his name to an early day motion – a chance to say “I’m on your side, honest” without actually doing anything.

It’s another to put your name to an amendment which undermines your own government’s finance bill. Read more