Witney News - Witney MP experiences first budget as Tory Leader

Witney - A view from Church Green


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

Other recent Witney news items

Bin collections resume after snow

Bin collections in West Oxfordshire have resumed today (Monday 5 March). Despite facing challenging conditions last week, West Oxfordshire District Councilís contractor, Ubico Ltd, managed to comp...[more]

Bin collections cancelled Friday and Saturday

Please be aware that there will be no bin collections in West Oxfordshire on Friday and Saturday (2 and 3 March). Ubico Ltd, our waste contractor, will continue to monitor the weather conditions a...[more]

Full backing for Oxfordshire Housing and Growth deal

West Oxfordshire District Council is backing a deal set to unlock funding to provide thousands of homes and deliver major infrastructure upgrades in key areas such as the A40. Cllr James Mills, Le...[more]

To view the full Witney Blog, click here