LibDems on VAT rises: Then and now

In the Mail 08/04/10

Leader Nick Clegg, on the campaign trail in Scotland, insisted the Tories would have to raise VAT to 20.5 per cent if they were elected to fund their ‘tax bribes’.

He joined in the assault on the Tories’ economic plans as Labour accused David Cameron and George Osborne of ‘reckless opportunism’.

[…]

But William Hague insisted his party has ‘no plans’ to raise the tax and are in exactly the same position as the Lib Dems.

In the Indy 28/06/10

Vince Cable is set to brush off demands from restive Liberal Democrats for a rethink on the Government’s plans to increase VAT to 20 per cent.

[…]

But asked if parts could be amended, Mr Cable replied: “No, we’ve got a balanced package as it is, and we are not reopening it.”

While Vince Cable dances to the Tories’ tune, Bob Russell, the Lib Dem MP for Colchester, said he believed he and four other MPs would vote against the tabled change from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent, spelt out in the emergency budget last week.

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