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Simon Hughes: Tonight's budget vote show that Labour are all over the place

March 27, 2012 10:39 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

"Tonight's budget votes confirmed the resolve of the Lib Dems to give tax cuts to millions and to make sure that the burden of paying more is taken by those with the highest incomes.

"But tonight's budget votes also showed that Labour are all over the place on financial policy and that their votes and actions do not match their words.

"After five days of huff and puff from Ed Balls, and sustained protest about the proposal to lower the highest level of tax rate next year, Labour MPs were not in the chamber to vote against the change. This says all the public need to know about Labour's position.

"A last minute increase in the higher tax rate before the election and no real commitment to continue the 50p tax rate while they are in opposition shows how they value rhetoric more than action."