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Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 9:14 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush 9:14 pm, 8th December 2009

I am so pleased that the right hon. Gentleman has made that point. If he had been listening, he would have heard that about £63 million has been raised through increased charges for services and cuts in services. The service user and the taxpayer get a bad deal out of the average 50p a week saving, every year, on council tax. I shall put the question back to the right hon. Gentleman. If he is such a fan of the Conservative council and its leader, who is head of the Tory party's innovation unit, he will agree, I am sure, with the comment that the leader made at a public seminar 10 days ago, when he said:

"My mates are all in the Shadow Cabinet, waiting to get those"- ministerial-

"boxes, being terribly excited. I went to university with them-they haven't run a piss up in a brewery."

Actually, the right hon. Gentleman may agree with the comment about-

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