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Police forces pass election spending files to CPS

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The way the Conservatives’ “battle bus” spending was recorded is being investigated Twelve police forces have asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charges over general election expenses. The CPS said it had received files from 11 forces, and a 12th, Staffordshire Police, confirmed to the BBC it […]

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U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance

[ad_1] Media captionMay: No National Insurance increases in this Parliament Plans to increase National Insurance rates for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. He told MPs […]

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A record breaker

[ad_1] Chancellor Philip Hammond may have set a record by scrapping a planned rise in National Insurance for the self-employed less than a week after announcing it – here are some other contenders for quickest political U-turn of recent times. Pasty tax (announced March 2012 – abandoned May 2012) Image caption The pasty tax row […]