Cameron makes tax pledge in conference speech

David Cameron pledged to raise the threshold for the 40p income tax rate from £41,900 to £50,000 over the course of the next parliament.

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Shadow minister attacks 'low rent PR man' Cameron

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has launched a scathing attack on David Cameron after the Prime Minister singled him out during his speech to the Tory conference.

Tristram Hunt speaking at Labour's conference in Manchester. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Hunt claimed Mr Cameron's remarks were a "highly personalised attack on me, my family and upbringing" and showed he "has moved on little since his time as a low-rent PR man".

Writing in the Observer, Mr Hunt labels Mr Cameron "the frat-boy prime minister who spills confidences about the Queen and covers up policy failure with personal attacks".

IDS: Limit EU migration or face possible EU exit

Iain Duncan Smith has indicated that the UK must be allowed to curb European migration in return for staying in the EU.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said individual states should be able to fix the number of EU migrants they let through their borders.

Iain Duncan Smith at the Tory conference. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

“Control needs to be in the hands of individual nations if they remain in Europe,” the Work and Pensions Secretary told the Sunday Telegraph..

Referring to UK demands for EU reform, Mr Duncan Smith claimed European leaders were now saying to each other "these people genuinely look like they are on the way out unless we do something".

He also warned high rates of migration risked causing "civil unrest" in some area.


Ed Balls: Tory 'Strivers' tax' will hit 3 million workers

Ed Balls claims the tax measures unveiled by David Cameron at the Tory conference amount to a 'Strivers' tax' that will hit 3 million working people.

Ed Balls setting out Labour's economic plans at their conference. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Writing on his blog, the Shadow Chancellor singled out cuts to tax credits, saying: "It’s a Strivers' Tax which will cost a one earner family with two children on £25,000 a year almost £500."

He implied the policy would cost the Tories at next year's election, as 260,000 families hit by tax credit cuts live in the 50 most vulnerable Conservative seats.

Clegg: May comments mark 'new low' for coalition

Nick Clegg has hit back at Home Secretary Theresa May's "appaling" claim that the Liberal Democrats had put "children at risk" by rejecting the "snooper's charter" bill in Parliament.

Nick Clegg withdrew his support for the Draft Communications Data Bill - or Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive

The Deputy Prime Minister said he had written to May demanding an apology for the "false and outrageous" claim during her speech at the Conservative Party conference this week.

In the address, May said the move by the Liberal Democrats to vote against the draft Communications Data Bill had meant the National Crime Agency had to drop "at least twenty cases" - including some where children's lives were at risk - due to missing communications data.

Clegg said the comments marked a "new low" in coalition government relations - adding that Home Office "inactivity" had instead been to blame.

"To say [...] 'you are putting children at risk' when it's not true is a level of outrageous misinformation I have not witnessed in the four and a half years I have been in this government," he said on his regular LBC phone-in.

How did Cameron's speech play in marginal seats?

The Prime Minister's pledges played well at the Conservative Party conference, but how will voters react.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has been gauging reaction in four marginal seats - important election battlegrounds.


Will the Tory announcements on tax help you?

Just how generous are the Prime Minister's announcements on tax?

Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to put fairness back into the system, giving those who work hard, more money in their pockets.

ITV News Economics Editor Richard Edgar reports:

David Cameron offers 'prize' for years of austerity

David Cameron finally offered the electorate a prize for years of austerity: tax-cuts, across the board, for 30 million people.

However further cuts, announced yesterday, would have to be met.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports.

Donation increased after Hague called Aaron Banks 'a nobody'

Former Tory Party donor Aaron Banks has given Ukip £1 million. Credit: ITV News

Former Tory party donor and insurance businessman Aaron Banks said that he increased his donation to Ukip from £100,000 to £1 million after allegations that former Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague called him "a nobody".

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