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Grant Shapps: 'I drink beer and I love a game of bingo'

The advert tweeted by Grant Shapps on Wednesday night that was accused of being condescending Credit: Twitter/Grant Shapps

The Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has hit back at criticism of an advert he tweeted celebrating the cuts in bingo tax and beer duty.

The party advert said the measures were "to help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy". The Tories and Mr Shapps were accused of being "condescending" by Labour and the Lib Dems.

Read more: Shapps 'bingo and beer' Budget poster sparks online spoofs

On a trip to Carlisle, he told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We can all argue about whether the word should be 'they' or 'us' or whatever.

"Personally, I drink beer and I love a game of bingo so I can't see why on earth they think this is more important than talking the long-term economic future of our country, supporting actually sectors like bingo or the local pubs."

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'Two million more' paying 40p rate under coalition

The number of people paying the higher rate of tax has soared by two million since the coalition government took power, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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Govt has squeezed the (upper) middle: IFS says number of people paying 40p rate income tax now 5.3m up from 3.3m in 2010

Tweeter spoofs 'Bingo Budget'

One Twitter user came up with a new way of spoofing yesterday's Budget, following measures aimed to please beer drinkers and bingo-goers.

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Clegg joins backlash over 'silly' Budget ad

Nick Clegg has described the Conservatives' online Budget advert as "silly" but denied that George Osborne's statement marked a "Budget for plebs".

"It was a coalition budget through and through," the deputy prime minister told a caller on his regular LBC radio phone-in.

"I am really very proud of all of it," he added.

Read: Backlash at 'patronising' online Budget advert

'No question of Bingo ad being pulled'

There is no question of the Conservatives' 'patronising' online Budget advert being pulled, a senior source has said.

The source said it could not be withdrawn as it was not part of a wider campaign involving other media such as TV and radio.

But they added: "We are quite proud of those tax cuts... We stand by what was said in that advert."

Read: Backlash at 'patronising' online Budget advert

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Balls: Labour 'will support the benefits cap'

A Labour Government will support George Osborne's cap on welfare spending, reigning in the total budget for the department to £119bn, the shadow chancellor told Daybreak.

However, Ed Balls warned Labour "would do things differently" within that cap, like scrap the bedroom tax and provide a guaranteed job for young people.

Lib Dem minister: Tory advert 'a small issue'

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Education minister David Laws dismissed the Bingo ad as "quite a small issue". Credit: Daybreak/ITV

The "patronising" advert tweeted by Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps is "quite a small issue" when compared to the rest of the budget, according to a Lib Dem minister.

David Laws told Daybreak: "It's not something that I worry about tremendously - how the Conservatives chose to present things in the Chancellor's budget.

"I'm far more concerned about the big fundamentals here. The big fundamentals are firstly that we are getting recovery back and borrowing down."

Bingo advert 'shows Tory mask has slipped'

Labour MP Jon Ashworth hit out at the "beer and bingo" online advert tweeted from Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, saying it shows how out of touch the government is.

This patronising advert shows again how out of touch David Cameron's Government is.

The Tory mask has slipped and revealed a party stuck in the past and only comfortable standing up for the privileged few.

Read: Tories' bingo and beer poster backlash spawns parodies

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