George Osborne fights to retain confidence in his stewardship of the economy with a crunch mid-term Budget.
By Ben Fenton, Lina Saigol and Tom Burgis on the newsdesk in London with contributions from FT correspondents in Westminster and beyond. All times are GMT.
General election 2015
Countdown to May 7
About this blog
The fragmentation of UK politics makes the 2015 general election the most unpredictable in living memory. Follow Jim Pickard, Kiran Stacey and the rest of the FT team for unique insights as the campaign gets underway.
Jim Pickard is the FT's chief political correspondent, having joined the lobby team in January 2008. He has been at the FT since 1999 as a regional correspondent, assistant UK news editor and property correspondent.
Kiran Stacey is an FT political correspondent, having joined the lobby in 2011. He started at the FT as a graduate trainee in 2008, working on desks including UK companies and US equity markets before taking over the FT's Energy Source blog.
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