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George Osborne tipped for Deputy Prime Minister

There are suggestions that George Osborne could be in line for the Deputy Prime Minister job as he makes his way to Downing Street this morning.

George Osborne arrives at Downing Street this morning Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

David Cameron will be able to choose all his own Cabinet Ministers if he is able to form a majority government as predicted.

During the last Government ministers jobs were shared with coalition partners the Liberal Democrats, with leader Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister.

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Osborne: PM gave performance of a lifetime

George Osborne has tweeted that David Cameron has given the "performance of a lifetime" during his Question Time appearance.

Osborne jokes as he almost 'takes out the press' with truck

George Osborne managed to find some time to have some fun on the campaign trail today when he was given the chance to load a low loader.

The Chancellor grinned as he lifted the pallet of bricks on to the truck, and seemed to purposefully misdirect the haul at the waiting press line, with one onlooker remarking: "you're going take the press corps out like that."

Mr Osborne joked as he moved the bricks on to the truck: "Just trying to keep you on your toes."

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Osborne defends 'positive' Tory election campaign

George Osborne has defended the Tory election campaign amid claims the party has adopted a negative tone in its electioneering.

The Chancellor told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't accept it hasn't gone well. I think we have fought a very positive campaign.

George Osborne has defended the Tory election campaign. Credit: PA Wire

"I think it's a very close election - that's been clear it was going to be close for some time now - and I think the choice facing the country is becoming clearer and clearer and starker and starker."

Asked to give marks out of 10 for the Conservative campaign, Osborne said, "We will come back on May 8 and see how it went."

Osborne: We want to give people a stake in economy

Chancellor George Osborne says the Tories want to give more people "a stake" in the economy, as David Cameron prepares to unveil plans to offer up to £4 billion in cut-price Lloyds shares to small investors.

Osborne: Labour's 'non-dom plans a total shambles'

George Osborne has dismissed Labour's 'non-dom' plan as "a total shambles".

ITV News Westminster Producer Adam Smith reports:

If you look at what Ed Miliband has announced today, it is a total shambles. Within hours the policy has unravelled. You have Ed Balls himself saying it would cost the country money and when you look at the small print it's clear that a majority of non-doms wouldn't be effected at all.

– George Osborne

Osborne: Cutting top rate of income tax 'not priority'

Chancellor George Osborne has declined to rule out cutting the top rate of income tax rate from 45p to 40p if the Tories win the General Election.

Speaking to Sky's Dermot Murnaghan, Mr Osborne insisted that it is not a priority for the Conservative Party, and the "big tax commitments" for the next parliament were further raising the tax-free personal allowance and raising thresholds so only those earning £50,000 or more would pay the higher 40p rate.

George Osborne outlined his party's 'big tax commitments'. Credit: Sky News

"If that was our priority or our plan we would have made it part of our plan and made it one of our priorities.

"Judge us by what we want to do and what we want to do is increase the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 so people full-time on the minimum wage don't have to pay income tax and millions are better off."

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