Govt split over 'mansion tax'

The Coalition appears split over a "mansion tax." George Osborne told ITV's The Agenda said it will not be next month's Budget, calling it a "tax con". But Nick Clegg told ITV News the Tories "can't keep turning a blind eye to the super wealthy."

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Clegg refuses to commit to 'mansion tax' vote stance

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has refused to confirm whether he and his party will split from his Coalition colleagues and join Labour in voting for a "mansion tax", despite accusing the party of "blatant plagiarism" over the policy.

Ed Miliband has called on the Liberal Democrat leader to back the plans he has long championed in public in a Commons vote and oppose the Conservatives.

His party and Cabinet colleague Vince Cable has already suggested the Lib Dems were likely to be joining the opposition in a vote.

But while he has today attacked Tory rejection of the tax proposal, Mr Clegg told ITV News he would not yet stand with Labour on the issue because he has "no idea what we'll be voting on".

Mr Clegg said:

Neither Vince nor I know what will be put before us so we can't of course determine in advance how we would vote.

But of course the Liberal Democrats for a long time have been the leading advocate of greater fairness in tax.

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