After a month of silence from the Bank of England as a result of the pre-election purdah for public bodies, Governor Mark Carney today presented the central bank’s quarterly inflation report.

By John Aglionby and Emily Cadman


Chancellor George Osborne has promised “no giveaways, no gimmicks” in today’s Budget – but there is sure to be plenty of politics.

Less than two months before the UK’s general election, he will attempt to translate the economic recovery into votes for the Conservative party at what is shaping up to be the most unpredictable general election in living memory.

By John Aglionby, Claer Barrett and Jonathan Eley


Chancellor George Osborne presents his 2014 Autumn Statement at 12.30pm on Wednesday, one of the last major set piece events for announcing government policy ahead of the general election in May.

Against a backdrop of worse-than-expected public finances, initiatives already disclosed include a review of business rates, a road-building bonanza, the promise of more affordable homes, loans for small businesses and £2bn for the NHS.

By John Aglionby, Claer Barrett and Jonathan Eley


David Cameron has conducted the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as foreign secretary and firing Michael Gove as education secretary. Several women, including Nicky Morgan and Elizabeth Truss, have been appointed to the cabinet.

By John Aglionby and Claer Barrett


Steady as she goes is the underlying message George Osborne is presenting in his fifth budget as he stresses there can be no let-up in the government’s austerity drive, despite the accelerating economic recovery.

By John Aglionby, Lina Saigol and Jonathan Eley


George Osborne has presented his Autumn Statement. Its highlights included a large increase in the economic growth forecast, a predicted budget surplus in 2018, a hike in the state pension age and free school meals for all infants.

By John Aglionby and Emily Cadman with contributions from FT colleagues