Tax cuts for millions of families were yesterday put at the heart of the Tory pitch to win next year’s election. David Cameron electrified his party conference with a dramatic pledge to raise the 40p income tax threshold by more than £8,000 to £50,000 by 2020. This would lift 800,000 out of the higher band altogether, reversing years in which it has sucked in more and more ordinary households. Those earning between £50,000 and £100,000 would pay £1,313 a year less in tax than they do now. Full story >>
A premier (click here to hear it pronounced) is the leader of a government, often used as an alternative to 'prime minister' in the press. • The Chinese premier will be given a rare meeting with Queen Elizabeth when he visits the UK next week.