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Tax bias plea.

LEADERS of Labour's 10p tax rebellion today urged Chancellor Alistair Darling to find pounds 1 billion in Monday's Pre-Budget Report to help those who lost out when the starting rate of income tax was abolished.

Mr Darling was forced to offer tax cuts worth pounds 2.7 billion to stave off a backbench revolt over the 10p change earlier this year, but six million people are still worse off overall.

Former minister Frank Field and fellow-rebel Greg Pope have written to the Chancellor urging him not to forget this group in a PBR which is expected to feature tax cuts designed to inject some vigour into the ailing economy.

He said: "Labour backbenches will not abandon the poor who have still not been compensated. The Treasury can surely find pounds 1 billion to ease the resentment of our core voters."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2008
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