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Ed Miliband: 'A Budget people won't believe'

Reacting to the final Budget before the general election, Labour leader Ed Miliband said it was a "a Budget people won't believe, from a government they don't trust".

Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party. Credit: ITV News

The Labour leader said there had never been such a large gap between the Chancellor's rhetoric and the reality of people's lives.

He also condemned George Osborne for failing to mention investment in the NHS or public services.

Setting out what he called the "inconvenient truth" of the Chancellor's record, Mr Miliband claimed he had failed Britain's working families by presiding over falling wages, not building enough homes and creating too many low-paid, insecure jobs.

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Budget 2015: Beer duty cut after Keighley and Ilkley MP pressure

George Osborne has announced a cut of 1p per pint in beer duty in the 2015 budget due in part to pressure from Kris Hopkins, the MP for Keighley and Ilkley.

Credit: Press Association

"Today I am cutting beer duty for the third year in a row – taking another penny off a pint," Osborne announced.

"I am cutting cider duty by 2% - to support our producers in the West Country and elsewhere.

"And to back one of the UK’s biggest exports, the duty on Scotch whisky and other spirits will be cut by 2% as well.

"Wine duty will be frozen."

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