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LABOUR SCORN FOR SHORT'S OUTBURST.

Shadow Transport Secretary Clare Short was under fire last night over gaffes on tax and Railtrack.

She sparked alarm for Labour leader Tony Blair when she said on TV: "I think in a fair tax system people like me would pay a bit more tax."

Tories pounced on it as evidence of secret Labour tax plans - just days after Blair reassured families and the City about tax and moderate spending plans.

And he was urged to shunt Short off the front benches after she dubbed Railtrack bosses "disreputable and incompetent".

It fuelled speculation that Labour wants to derail the sale of the company which starts today.

David Shaw, Tory MP for Dover, said: "This woman should be forced to resign."

Labour feared her comments dented Blair's image, so soon after a US trip that boosted his credentials for No.10.

Top Labour figures denied the tax rumour and demanded Short keep personal views out of interviews.
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