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Now we know why David Cameron didn’t want a debate with Ed Miliband. On VAT, on immigration, on food banks, on the NHS, he couldn’t defend his record. He even admitted he couldn’t live on a zero hours contract. Ed Miliband has a better plan for a better future for Britain.

Why David Cameron wouldn’t debate Ed Miliband

Now we know why David Cameron didn’t want a debate with Ed Miliband. On VAT, on immigration, on food banks, on the NHS, he couldn’t defend his record. He even...

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VAT: The tax the Tories love to raise

This video charts three times the Tories have said they would not raise VAT:

  • Before the 1979 election, then Shadow Chancellor Geoffrey Howe said the Tories had “no intention” of raising VAT. After the election, it was raised from 8% to 15%.
  • Before the 1992 election, Chancellor Norman Lamont said he had “no need, no plans, and nor proposals to raise or extend the scope of VAT”. After the election, the scope of VAT was extended to gas and electricity bills.
  • Before the 2010 election, David Cameron said there were “no plans” to raise VAT. In 2011, VAT went up to 20%.

VAT: The tax the Tories love to raise

VAT: The tax the Tories love to raise This video charts three times the Tories have said they would not raise VAT: Before the 1979 election, then Shadow Chancellor Geoffrey...

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When George Osborne delivered his Budget on 18 March, he wanted people to believe he had eased off his extreme and risky spending plans. He hasn’t. Independent experts have said the Tories are planning a “sharp acceleration” in spending cuts.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Tories are planning to cut faster in the next three years than in any year since 2010

2. The Tories’ plans mean nearly double the levels of cuts in the next three years than in the last three

3. Under their plans spending on day-to-day public services as a share of our national income will be at its lowest level since 1938

The extremity of the pace and depth of the Tories’ planned cuts will be deeply damaging for vital unprotected areas of spending, for example in defence, police and social care.

The Tories simply won’t be able to deliver cuts of this scale without cutting the NHS.

International experience tells us that countries who have embarked on spending cuts of this scale have cut healthcare over the same period. If equivalent cuts to public health spending were imposed on the UK, this could mean £7bn being cut from the NHS over the next Parliament.

Cutting £7bn from our NHS would have a disastrous impact on services and staffing levels.

People need to know the facts. If you know someone who would be worried about the future of the NHS, share this with them on Facebook now.

The Tories will cut to the bone

When George Osborne delivered his Budget on 18 March, he wanted people to believe he had eased off his extreme and risky spending plans. He hasn’t. Independent experts have said...

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