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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats 3:32 pm, 4th July 2005

So that the hon. Lady does not keep repeating things that are not true, I should tell her that every member of our party stood on the basis of abolishing the council tax and agreed with that, and every member of our party stood on the basis of replacing it with a local income tax, and agreed with that as well. Yes, there were criticisms of some of the presentation—I criticised it myself—but the substance is clear. The policy of the hon. Lady's party is "Council tax: we want to keep it". We had a clear alternative, although we can argue about whether it was right. The hon. Lady never had one.