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Danny Alexander said the demands being made on the EU to pay a £1.7bn surchange were “not acceptable” and he only became aware of the situation a few days ago. “It’s just not acceptable to try and change the fees for the EU over many pre... Continue to article
David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said that new Government policies to allow people more flexibility about their pensions was a “liberal” policy. “The idea is… to give people much greater flexibility over how they're able to use their pensions savings, th... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said his party should be included in the proposed TV debates because a hung parliament was a likely outcome of the next election. "We welcome the fact that plans have been put forward but I don’t accept that Liberal Democ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander defended the Government’s handling of the economy after the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that income tax receipts were likely to come in below expectations this year. “The fundamental fact about our recovery is... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said that he did not think that Mr Clegg was a ‘busted flush’ and was doing well as leader, despite poor poll ratings. “What Nick Clegg showed in his speech today is that he was a leader who is going from strength to stre... Continue to article
Praise for Danny Alexander, but small digs at Tim Farron and Vince Cable. Continue to article
Danny Alexander pushed back against Vince Cable's call on Newsnight last night for the party to commit to a “significantly” higher tax rise to spending cut ratio. "What Nick Clegg and I have set out, which is the approach that we are tak... Continue to article
In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on the conference fringe this year. Continue to article
Danny Alexander clearly wanted to come across as casual and jovial for his speech to the Lib Dem conference. He wasn’t wearing a tie. His top button wasn’t done up.… Continue to article
The Lib Dems are in an amusingly sweary mood this weekend at their conference, with Danny Alexander telling the Sun on Sunday that he’s p****d off with the Tories. Continue to article
Danny Alexander makes his latest pitch for party leadership as Lib Dems ponder a vastly reduced haul of seats at the next election Continue to article
Danny Alexander said that the economic recovery would not have happened without the Lib Dems in government. “We have worked incredibly hard to deliver an economic recovery that’s creating jobs in this country, we have seen this growth in... Continue to article
Danny Alexander set out Liberal Democrat plans to spend an extra £1bn a year on the NHS, saying the party would ask the wealthiest to pay more in taxation. "Today we're setting out one of the commitments that we'll make in our manifesto ... Continue to article
A press release from the Lib Dems: Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander on Cameron's tax plans: "The Tories shameless attempt to copy Liberal Democrat tax policy will be utterly incredible to the millions of... Continue to article
Speaking at the Tory party conference today, Minister for Cabinet Francis Maude attacked the check-off system, or as he called it "the outdated practice by which the employer collects union dues on behalf of the union" and praised some depa... Continue to article
Two further RAF Tornado jets have carried out a combat mission over Iraq after Parliament authorised air strikes against Islamic State militants. Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks in Scotland ahead of the independence referendum on Thursday Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with foreign ministers from around the world at a summit in Paris to discuss plans to tackle Islamic ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said that it had been a "black Wednesday for Alex Salmond" and that voting No would be for a "faster, safer form of change". "This has been a black Wednesday for Alex Salmond, people are saying this really matters. I thin... Continue to article
Danny Alexander denied that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg heading to Scotland would be counterproductive for the No side, but said they had a “relatively small place” in the campaign. “I don’t think that’s right at all. Look,... Continue to article
HM Treasury press release Since the launch of the two parts of Help to Buy, the Equity Loan and mortgage guarantee schemes. * 82% of scheme completions have been made by first-time buyers * the average house price was £187... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits a London primary school to coincide with the launch of free school meals for under 7s Foreign secretary Philip Hammond speaks at a conference hosted by the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary A... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said Lord Rennard, who was welcomed back into the Liberal Democrats on Tuesday evening following several months of suspension, would not play any role in formulating the party's election campaign or manifesto. "Nick Clegg... Continue to article
Press release from HM Treasury: This morning Sir Ian Wood, a leading oil industry figure has claimed that the Scottish Government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high. The figure of 24 billion barrels is quoted... Continue to article
The Liberal Democrats plan to make further cuts in Income Tax and to cut National Insurance for millions of working people workers under manifesto plans announced today. The party plans to raise the personal allowance to at least £12,500 ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander hailed today's unemployment figures as a step in the right direction, but admitted more needed to be done. “There’s good news on unemployment, we’ve got more people in work, I think particularly actually there’s very good... Continue to article
HM Treasury Press Release Reacting to today’s employment/unemployment numbers, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "With record numbers in work and the claimant count falling, these figures sh... Continue to article
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and leader of the pro-Union Better Together campaign Alistair Darling have clashed in a live TV debate on Scottish independence. The question of whether an independent Scotland would be able to keep ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander attacks Letwin's desire for a flat tax for all workers (which isn't Tory policy) as "unspeakably unfair".
Danny Alexander disagreed with David Blanchflower's suggestion that real wages had fallen by 8%. "I don't recognise the 8% figure, but the analysis is correct that the crisis was a very deep one back in 2008, that has affected everybody ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander welcomed today's growth figures and disagreed with suggestions that the Coalition Government's policies delayed the recovery. "It clearly isn't job done, but it is a good set of figures for the UK today, it's the mission ... Continue to article
Downing Street has backed Danny Alexander over his comments on Britain's credit rating, saying what matters most for the Government is "having the right policies in place".
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury this morning hinted at the possibility of Britain losing its AAA status, claiming the credit rating was not the "be-all and end-all".
"What matters is have we got the right policy mix for the country to get people back into work, to support economic growth, to deal with the huge problems in our public finances?" he told the Today programme.
"The credit agencies reflect on those things and the ratings they give are a reflection of the credibility of that mix."
The Prime Minister’s spokesman supported Mr Alexander’s comments, insisting what mattered was that the Government was tackling the deficit.
“I think the point the Chief Secretary was making is that credit ratings agencies have a role to play, but what they do is that they make judgements on credit ratings," he said.
"What matters for the Government is having the right policies in place. Clearly, an important part of that is having a credible policy for reducing the deficit."
Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, said Mr Alexander's comments "suggest Ministers are worried about more bad news from the rating agencies".
"Instead of a change in rhetoric the country needs a change of course and a plan for jobs and growth," she added.
Danny Alexander is to clamp down on loopholes that allow civil servants to avoid paying the full rate of income tax.
An official investigation found that 2,000 senior civil servants earning more than £58,200 avoided paying the full rate of tax by being employed ‘off payroll’, though service companies or employment agencies rather than directly.
Details were revealed in a letter from Mr Alexander to the Chancellor George Osborne, seen by BBC Newsnight. Mr Alexander said: “The sheer scale of off-payroll engagements across government, and the length and size of these contracts, suggests that the scope for artificial tax minimisation may be greater than previously understood.
Mr Alexander is to force any official who has been employed for more than six months on more than £220 a day to become full staff members.
Ed Balls has blasted Wednesday's Budget as being "one of the most unpopular, unfair and flawed Budgets in decades".
The Shadow Chancellor added that the Budget was not just "bad politics but bad economics" but also a "missed opportunity".
His remarks come as Danny Alexander defended the Budget as one for "people who work hard, play by the rules and are under pressure".
In an interview with The Times, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was "happy" with the decision to lower the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p, and added he he "absolutely no idea" how many Cabinet ministers would benefit from the change.
Mr Alexander said he was are some people "might react against" the move to freeze tax allowances for pensioners, but insisted the move was part of an overall "positive change" for the elderly in the UK.
Danny Alexander has unveiled tough new rules for Whitehall departments that break off-payroll rules.
As many as 3,000 civil servants are thought to minimise their tax bills by being employed via contracts with private firms.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced measures to curb the practice, which it is believed loses the country millions of pounds in revenue each year.
There will be heavy fines for those who do not comply with the new rules. Mr Alexander said it was important that "senior public sector staff pay and are seen to pay their full share of income tax".
Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said: "I believe it is completely inappropriate for any senior permanent position in the civil service to be held by a contractor instead of a civil servant paying tax in the ordinary way.
"These new measures are an important step in addressing the relatively small number of cases that breach this principle."
Government departments will have to find a further £16bn in cuts as the Treasury tries to keep spending down. In a speech to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will warn of the need for greater austerity measures. He will say the cuts are: "another signal of our unwavering determination to deliver the fiscal consolidation we promised”.
The Health and Safety Executive has ruled to terminate contracts of two executives from the Office for Nuclear Regulation after it was discovered they were receiving payments through private companies rather than the staff payroll. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has written to his Cabinet colleagues to order a Whitehall-wide review to find out how many public officials were not paying tax at source.
24/10/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
14/10/2014 on Sky News
13/10/2014 on Pooled Clip, Sky News
13/10/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
08/10/2014 on PM, BBC Radio 4
08/10/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
05/10/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live
04/10/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
24/10/2014 on BBC News
24/10/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
24/10/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4