Osborne: We have asked the rich to pay more in every Budget

The Chancellor George Osborne Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Twenty thousand of the leading lights of global finance have gathered this week in Tokyo to discuss, if not yet solve, the world's economic problems.

Despite an economy in the doldrums and another cut in forecasts for its prospects from the International Monetary Fund this week, he defended his record:

Of course I would like to see a stronger recovery but we as a country are confronting our own debt and deficit problems.

– george osborne, chancellor
George Osborne speaking at the Conservative conference in Birmingham Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

He also gave a hint at what to expect at the Autumn Statement in a few weeks' time.

"The rich have been asked to pay more in each and every year of this government and it's the right thing and the fair thing," he said. "In every Budget I've had we've asked the rich to pay more."