Lib Dem dissent over Clegg’s tax-cutting policy

Liberal Democrats questioning Nick Clegg’s tax-cutting policy made clear
their wish for the party to remain committed to ‘social justice’ yesterday by
giving this part of Clegg’s first conference speech as leader the biggest cheer
of the day.

Clegg stressed the party’s new pledge to offer low-and middle-income voters
up to 6p off income tax to ease the pressure of soaring food and fuel bills, the
Scotsman reports.

Tavish Scott, the Scottish Lib Dem leader, also wanted the Scottish
Parliament to use its tax-altering powers to slice 2p off income tax as an
emergency measure.

Clegg said the time was right to abandon the party’s long-standing pledge to
increase taxes when the Labour government’s annual spending had doubled to

Further reading:

Lib Dems to claim tax cut mantle

the Scotsman story

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