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CABINET LOBBYING OVER CAPPING ABOLITION CONTINUES

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The Times (p6) describes an internal battle over council budget capping with senior Cabinet ministers competing for...
The Times (p6) describes an internal battle over council budget capping with senior Cabinet ministers competing for the support of Michael Heseltine and Brian Mawhinney.

The deputy prime minister and Conservative party chairman have become the key figures in a debate over whether the government should abolish capping. Both men are believed to back chancellor Kenneth Clarke who is strongly resisting the abolition campaign, led by environment secretary John Gummer, according to the paper.

A Cabinet committee discusses the issue later this month. and a 'vigorous' lobbying campaign will be launched behind the scenes in Whitehall to try to win over Mr Heseltine and Dr Mawhinney.
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