George Osborne
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Osborne's plan

It might feel like winter where you are but in parliament it is still very much the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Over the years the Chancellor's Autumn Statement has got later and later .

This week's event is a big moment for his credibility as Chancellor after the "omnishambles" budget earlier in the year and for the government's credibility on the economy. And there are lots tricky issues to deal with.

What will he do if he's on track to miss his fiscal targets?

Will he keep the Lib Dems happy with enough tax rises on the rich to balance benefit cuts for others?

At the same time this week, the fallout from the Leveson inquiry will rumble on.

MPs get the chance to debate the recommendations in full tomorrow as talks continue between ministers and the press over what they may or may not do.

James Landale talked to Tom Newton Dunn, the political editor of the Sun who came into the studio earlier.

He began by asking him about the Autumn Statement and how important it was for the government, and for the Chancellor.

  • 02 Dec 2012