Alexander still keen on mansion tax
Danny Alexander has refused to rule out persuading the Conservatives to implement a mansion tax in the forthcoming autumn statement.
Despite both George Osborne and David Cameron attacking the idea over conference season, Mr Alexander today pledged to make the rich pay more towards the deficit reduction programme, and said the mansion tax was “the right thing”.
He told the Sunday Politics: "I still believe that a mansion tax is the right thing. I’m not going to enter into autumn statement negotiations through the medium of this programme. Nick Clegg, George Osborne, the Prime Minister and myself sit down together in the Quad, over the next few weeks, to discuss the different ideas on the table.
"I’m not going to have those negotiations in public. What I’d say to you is, making sure that the wealthiest in this country, the people who have the most contribute the most in the next round of deficit reduction is a central principle for Liberal Democrats. We will not bring forward a package that doesn’t meet that objective."