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Steven Swinford

The Times of London

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Recent articles by Steven:

Bank of England raises interest rates to the highest level since 2008 — follow latest

Key moments Base rate rises by 0.5 points to 2.25 per cent Rate is now the highest since 2008 Former Bank deputy governor warns tax cuts will fuel inflation → Read More

Kwasi Kwarteng to bend rules for £30bn tax cuts

Kwasi Kwarteng is reviewing the government’s fiscal rules as he prepares to announce £30 billion of tax cuts.The chancellor will scrap the increase in nation → Read More

Liz Truss unveils energy bill price cap — follow live

Key moments PM will announce plan at 11.30am to freeze energy bills for up to two yearsPolicy will cost £150 billion Household bills to be limited to £2,500Britain would face “enormous damage” without the government’s £150 billion intervention on energy, a cabinet minister said this morning as he de → Read More

Britain a friendly nation in spite of its leaders, says Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron today said that Britain was a “friendly” country “regardless of its leaders, sometimes in spite of its leaders”.The French president was speakin → Read More

Liz Truss is almost certain to be next prime minister, says John Curtice

Leading pollster says frontrunner is all but assured to enter No 10 → Read More

How households will get £400 energy payment

Households will receive their £400 energy bill discount in six monthly instalments from October, the government has confirmed after coming under mounting pressu → Read More

Tory leadership debate: Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss’s second showdown halted after host faints

Key moments Tonight’s debate halted as host faints Sunak’s economic plans attacked by Truss Candidates challenged on NHS backlog A televised Conservative l → Read More

Boris Johnson ‘has not ruled out a comeback’

Boris Johnson has not ruled out attempting to make a comeback should his successor’s government collapse, according to allies.The prime minister will not “fade → Read More

In the end Johnson realised there was no way out. It was an onslaught

After one of the strangest and most turbulent 48 hours in British politics, the prime minister rose early: his mind was made up → Read More

Nadhim Zahawi leads cabinet call for Boris Johnson to go after more resignations — follow live

Key moments Sajid Javid has criticised cabinet ministers for not following him and Rishi Sunak in resigningBoris Johnson has insisted he is staying in place, at → Read More

Months of rising tension came to a head in ten destructive minutes

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid had clashed repeatedly with Johnson → Read More

Boris Johnson on the brink as Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign

Boris Johnson’s premiership is on the line after Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid turned on the prime minister and resigned from cabinet.The chancellor and the healt → Read More

Chris Pincher’s drunken night out drags the PM off his summit

Boris Johnson was on his way back from the Nato summit in Madrid on Thursday when he took the call from London.The evening before, while he had been enjoying a → Read More

No 10 plans VAT cut to ease pain of rising prices

A cut in VAT has been proposed by No 10 to curb inflation and help households with the cost of living crisis.Steve Barclay, the prime minister’s chief of staff → Read More

Extra 2m workers pay higher-rate tax under Boris Johnson

More than two million people have become higher-rate taxpayers under Boris Johnson’s government, fuelling a mounting backlash from Tory MPs.This morning HMRC re → Read More

New curbs for online gambling ‘catastrophe’ as Premier League clubs escape sponsor ban

Boris Johnson is poised to announce curbs on online gambling in an effort to stem the “catastrophic” impact of addiction on people’s lives.Ministers will publis → Read More

Simon Clarke interview: ‘We need discipline to get through this’

This summer, Simon Clarke finds himself at the centre of a battle that will shape Boris Johnson’s premiership. As the chief secretary to the treasury, he is the → Read More

NHS workers will be offered a pay rise of up to 4% as strikes loom

Sajid Javid will resist demands for above-inflation pay rises for nurses and NHS workers and instead offer them 3 per cent to 4 per cent → Read More

Boris Johnson took his morning dip and Oliver Dowden plunged in the knife

Boris Johnson had just been for a dawn swim in the outdoor pool of his hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, when the call came. Oliver Dowden, the chairman of the Conservat → Read More

Boris Johnson has minor operation and puts Dominic Raab in charge

Boris Johnson had a minor operation related to an issue with his sinuses this morning, Downing Street said.The prime minister had the procedure at an undisclosed NHS hospital and is resting. He was put under general anaesthetic.Dominic Raab, the deputy prime minister, has been charged with making an → Read More