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Mortgage Interest Payments

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 15th July 1997.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham 8:30 pm, 15th July 1997

In addition to being an assiduous representative of his constituents, my hon. Friend is an established and well-respected student of political theory. Does he agree that it is lamentable that Labour did not state in its election manifesto that it intended in this Parliament to reduce tax relief on mortgages when it has always prided itself on being the party that believes in the mandate theory of political representation—in other words, a party that receives a mandate is entitled to do whatever is in its manifesto? Does he agree that that reduction was not in Labour's manifesto and that it is particularly outrageous that, without notice or forewarning, the Government should now propose that highly damaging measure?