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'WE WILL NOT BRING BACK THE POLL TAX' - TORIES

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Commenting on Caroline Spelman's Times interview, during which she refused ...
Commenting on Caroline Spelman's Times interview, during which she refused

to rule out a return to the poll tax, Edward Davey, Liberal Democrat

local government spokesman, said: 'Michael Howard's Tory party is wedded to

the past if they think we should return to the poll tax.

'It's like Groundhog Day. They seem to have forgotten the mass poll tax

riots, and if in power, would be content to lead Britain down that path

again.

'When in government, the Tories wasted billions of pounds trying to make the

unfair poll tax work. Their rejection of a fair local income tax, used in

America and Europe, is nothing short of astonishing.

'Until now, the Conservatives have refused to tell voters their plans on

council tax. To hark back to the bad old days of poll tax shows this party

to be dangerously deluded about what constitutes a fair alternative to

council tax.'

Shadow secretary of state for local and devolved government affairs Caroline Spelman today issued the following statement: 'Following a report in today's Times, let me make it absolutely clear: We will not bring back the poll tax.'

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