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Danny Alexander said he was against raising the top rate of income tax to 50p, insisting the 45p rate on incomes over £150,000 was "the right place to stay". “I think we’ve got the position about right at the moment; I think the 45p rat... Continue to article
Labour press release Chris Leslie MP, Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to George Osborne's comments at Treasury Questions in response to a question on the top rate of tax being cut again to 40p, said: "While o... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Liberal Democrats would cut pensioner tax relief on big pension pots and use the money to raise the personal allowance further. "It’s not news that the Liberal Democrats favour a mansion tax, we announced it befo... Continue to article
Chris Leslie accused George Osborne of not wanting to talk about the top rate of tax because it showed the Government was “He didn’t want to talk about the 50p rate at all because he knows, actually, the public want, yes, deficit reducti... Continue to article
ComRes press release ComRes/ITV News poll: Three quarters of Britons believe economic inequality is widening - poll On the day the Office for National Statistics announced that the UK economy grew last year at its fastest pace since 2... Continue to article
The Chancellor has left the door open to cutting the top rate of tax from 45% to 40% after a heated exchange in the Commons. Ed Balls laid down a challenge to George Osborne at Treasury Questions, asking him to rule out a further cut in ... Continue to article
This morning there's lots of excitement about two polls showing Labour's poll lead has effectively vanished. ComRes has Ed Miliband & Co one point ahead, while YouGov puts them up by a meagre two. Pol... Continue to article
Ed Balls’s confirmation that Labour would restore the 50p top rate of income tax has gone down badly with the small number of people who would be eligible to pay. It isn’t very popular with conservati... Continue to article
Ed Balls said the Shadow Cabinet had all had a chance to discuss the 50p top rate of tax proposal. "The whole Shadow Cabinet has been behind this since we’ve been exposing the 50p cut a year ago. Ed Miliband and I discussed this in the e... Continue to article
Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Observation on the 50p top rate of tax, said: “The IFS has repeated its view that there is ‘substantial uncertainty’ around ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband said there was a clear difference between him and David Cameron over tax cuts for the highest earners. “It is utterly fair and utterly reasonable when ordinary families are seeing an unprecedented squeeze on their living stan... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill (Diana Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull North) Main business Consumer Rights Bill: Second rea... Continue to article
John Mills said there was no evidence to suggest people would leave the country if the top rate of tax increased. "I think businesspeople earning more than £150,000 are all not very enthusiastic about paying large amounts of taxes and it... Continue to article
David Gauke claimed that Labour's plan to raise the top rate of tax would harm the UK's reputation as a business-friendly country. "I’m struck by what Ed has said, he’s talked about this being about deficit reduction but there’s no big c... Continue to article
Ed Balls claimed the Tory leadership knew "in their heart of hearts" that it was wrong to cut the top rate of tax. "They’re trying to claim that somehow they get that money back by other people volunteering to pay more tax, but as I said... Continue to article
Labour's plan to reinstate the 50p top rate of income tax would damage British business, the Prime Minister has declared. Speaking at the Federation of Small Businesses' Policy Conference, David Cameron argued that while the proposal mig... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna dismissed suggestions Labour's economic proposals were "some ideological expedition". "I disagree with [the Prime Minister] because essentially his argument is that rich people, more wealthy people in our country, will work ... Continue to article
The Government has said it is simply "conincidence" it bought many more tickets for Olympic beach volleyball than for athletics.
At the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, former Labour Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe queried the 410 tickets - purchased at a cost of £26,000. Civil servant Jonathan Stephens said tickets for staff were largely for weekend events, costing up to £90, and the event meeting those requirements "turns out to be volleyball".
"When we were purchasing tickets for staff to purchase, we obviously thought they were mostly going to be able to go at the weekend or on Fridays.
"Then when you look at what's available at those sorts of price bands, on those sorts of days, most of it turns out to be volleyball. As ever, on these occasions, the explanation is coincidence rather than conspiracy."
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