Tories plan marriage tax break

The Prime Minister has revealed that plans for a tax break for married couples will be introduced "shortly" in a move to head off a revolt by Tory backbenchers. The policy was in the Conservative manifesto, but will face Liberal Democrat opposition.

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Clegg dispelled tax break as 'patronising drivel'

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Credit: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has previously ridiculed the idea of a tax break for married couples as "patronising drivel that belong in the Edwardian age".

The coalition agreement spells out that Liberal Democrat MPs can abstain on a plan to recognise marriage in the tax system.

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