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Witney MP experiences first budget as Tory Leader

Witney MP David Cameron has seen Gordon Brown deliver his first budget speech since Cameron took over as Conservative party leader.

During his response to Brown's 10th budget Cameron referred to Gordon Brown as 'a politician completely stuck in the past' and said that 'you can tell how deep the crisis is in the health service, the health service didn't even get a mention'.

Announcements in today's budget included:
* a rise in vehicle excise duty for 'gas guzzling' cars and 4x4s
* 9p on a packet of cigarettes
* 4p on a bottle of wine
* 1p on a pint of beer
* Increase in inheritance tax threshold to £325,000
* Petrol duty will be frozen until September 2006

The last Chancellor to make 10 budget speeches in a row was Nicholas Vansittart in 1822

Posted : 22/03/2006 18:55:35

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