Election 2001

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Brown holds on to key treasury staff
Chancellor Gordon Brown has kept together key figures in his treasury team amidst a ministerial reshuffle and Whitehall restructuring designed to kerb his power and influence.

Election 2001: Accountancy round-up
On a night short on high drama, candidates with accounting backgrounds had a mixed general election. From 44 candidates, eight will be entering the House of Commons in the new parliament – and all of those have been there before.

Brown focuses on the economy
‘Discipline is right at the heart of everything we do, we’re not going to break our fiscal rules, they will be upheld at all times.’ Those were almost the first words by Gordon Brown after he won his Dunfermline East seat.

Tax speculation starts after Labour win
Labour may decide that Child Benefit should be taxable for those who can afford it, according to specualtion about the government’s second term in office.

Comment: Election 2001 – over before it began
Chris Moncrieff of PA News casts his experienced eye over a month of campaigning. He doesn’t like much of what he’s seen.

In the spotlight »

Does Labour cut it with business?
The government’s handling of the economy has won business support for Labour despite increases in red tape and costly changes to taxation. But is this enough to swing the balance when the business leaders go to the ballot box?

Politics, an alien concept
Why don’t accountants and politics add up? While finance professionals can be found flying high in the world of business, they don’t seem to fare too well in politics – unlike lawyers.

Squaring up for the final battle
With inflation, interest rates and unemployment at comfortably low levels, where can the Conservatives attack Labour’s economic policies?

Parties unveil their e-manifestos
The technology spokespeople for Labour, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats spell out their party’s e-manifestos for the forthcoming general election.

Holding the purse-strings
David Harding takes a look at the key financial players from the three biggest parties including Gordon Brown, Dawn Primarolo, Michael Portillo and David Heathcoat-Amory.

The manifestos broken down
For all the talk of eggs and boxing, the main parties seemed to have got away with manifestos that come up short on ideas for business, tax and public services. has dug out the bare essentials.

Archive news »

Who has the edge?
Election 2001: Labour’s business record
FDs swing to Labour
Accountants beating a path to Westminster
‘Brown would make best FD’
Lawyers lead accountants in politics
UK plc is off the election agenda
Brown pledges stability for business
Euro cost equal to 36 Domes, say Tories
Lib Dems jump on red tape bandwagon
Parties ignore the needs of UK plc
Brown attacks Portillo over VAT smear
Brown admits to help with tax returns
Tory business manifesto under attack
Lib Dems blame Tories for red tape
Tories promise cuts in red tape and taxes
Holding the purse-strings
‘Labour believes in profit’
The manifestos broken down
Interview: Tory cabinet minister John Redwood
Lib Dem pledge wins ICAEW praise
Labour pledges online service for SMEs
Business leaders endorse Labour
ICAEW critical of ‘rushed’ Finance Bill
Tories put tax at centre of campaign
Big Five resist political donations
Brown stays tight-lipped on income tax

Comment »

The corridors of power …
By By Chris Moncrieff
Politicians may go misty-eyed at general elections about ‘the vision thing’ and patriotism and what the prime minister refers to as ‘the big picture’. But what the average voter is really concerned with is how much money he will have in his pocket after tax.

Gordon should go for it now
An Accountancy Age leader
Gordon Brown’s admission that he needs an accountant’s help filling in his self-assessment return is something that will make tax simplification campaigners laugh out loud.

Do the parties’ sums add up?
By Maurice Fitzpatrick
Chantrey Vellacott DFK’s head of economics looks at the tax and spending plans of Labour, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats to see if they have got the sums right.

Your vote does count
The corridors of power…
Stop the euro dilly dallying

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