By funding higher capital spending through cuts elsewhere, Osborne will do little to boost growth. But will Labour finally make the case for borrowing for growth?
Mercer has a majority of 16,152, but UKIP won 17.1 per cent in the county council elections.
The MP, who once described Cameron as a "despicable creature", leaves the party over an alleged lobbying scandal.
Throwing rhetorical jibes at the Labour leader is a crude displacement activity that will do little to aid the Tories' cause.
In 1979, the Tories won despite Jim Callaghan's lead over Margaret Thatcher. Cameron's lead over Miliband isn't enough to guarantee Tory success.
Speculation grows that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could be abolished in the Spending Review, with its functions hived off to other departments.
Yet another Conservative politician is caught making it up.
Unquestionably competent, but “a cold fish”, Philip Hammond is emerging as an unlikely contender in the race to become the next Tory leader.
Our aid commitment, properly targeted, is first and foremost about our own security and economic interests.
It is not helpful for a man about to stand trial to remind everyone just how well he knows "David".