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Lib Dem minister: Tory advert 'a small issue'

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.

Danny Alexander: Tory bingo advert 'patronising'

George Osborne's Liberal Democrat deputy in the Treasury joined the chorus of criticism against the Tory bingo advert tweeted by Grant Shapps, saying he thought it was "patronising".

Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander told BBC2's Newsnight:

I thought it was a spoof at first, it's just pretty extraordinary.

It may be our Budget but it's their words, I think it's rather patronising.

Also I think it actually demeans some quite sensible things. There are good reasons to be supporting bingo, there are good reasons to be encouraging our pub sector to be stronger - that's the analysis behind those measures.

This language, well that's for Grant Shapps to justify.

#Torybingo backlash at 'patronising' advert grows

Twitter users have been sharing their thoughts on the Budget poster tweeted by Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, when he hailed the bingo and beer tax breaks as "helping hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy".

#Torybingo is one currently one of the top trending topics on the social media site within the UK


Tories attacked for 'out of touch' bingo and beer tweet

The Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has been criticised by Labour for tweeting a poster celebrating the cut in bingo tax and beer duty announced in today's Budget that "helps hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy."

Labour's media team has responded:

Tory chairman launches scathing attack on Clegg

The Liberal Democrats treat the UK's businesses as an "afterthought" and Nick Clegg "cheated" the country out of reforms aimed at cutting the size of the Commons, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has claimed.

In a strongly-worded attack on his coalition colleagues, he accused the Lib Dems of not being "as pro-business as you would want them to be" and claimed they had hindered efforts to create jobs.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Mr Shapps told the Express Online, "Nick Clegg not only cheated his agreement with us, but fundamentally cheated his agreement with the nation by not going through with having fair size constituencies.

As the coalition parties set out their stalls ahead of the 2015 General Election, Mr Shapps also criticised Mr Clegg for "boasting" about Tory initiatives he had blocked while in Government.

Tory chair: Miliband's response on Flowers 'ludicrous'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has insisted Ed Miliband's response over the Co-operative Bank row was "ludicrous" and stepped up pressure on Labour over the merger deal with Britannia.

Mr Shapps told the BBC's Sunday Politics there were "conflicting reports" about how much the Labour leadership knew about former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers' past, which included him standing down as a Labour councillor after pornography was found on his computer.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps on the BBC's Sunday Politics. Credit: BBC/Sunday Politics

He said, "Arguing about what they knew and when, I think there's a much bigger issue here. This morning you have got Ed Miliband saying 'we don't have to answer any of these questions', they are somehow all smears. This is ludicrous".

Labour has denied this, saying Mr Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls did not know the reason why Flowers quit in 2011.

Labour free schools policy has 'bureaucracy attached'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said Labour's policy on free schools remains unchanged Credit: PA Wire

The chairman of the Conservative Party Grant Shapps said Labour's policy on free schools remains unchanged and still features a "load of bureaucracy attached".

The new shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt earlier signalled that the Labour party had dropped its opposition to the Conservatives' free schools policy.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Shapps said: "This is the same old Labour policy. They have been saying this for months.

"Free schools will only be allowed in specific circumstances in specific areas with a whole load of bureaucracy attached."

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