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Cider tax hike shelved

PLANS for a ten per cent tax hike on cider have been shelved.

The rise, announced in the Budget, was fiercely opposed by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

With Parliament dissolved the Government has insufficient time to squeeze the law through.

However, the Government said the rise would be re-instated if it wins back power.

The two main opposition parties were against the move because they are fiercely contesting seats in the west of England, where cider makers are traditionally based.