Lib Dems set to vote against mansion tax

Ben Southwood
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SENIOR Liberal Democrat politicians David Laws and Vince Cable both indicated their party would vote against Labour’s mansion tax proposals, despite the fact the policy has long been a key plank of their party’s programme.

Business secretary Cable said he and deputy PM Nick Clegg both strongly supported a mansion tax, but he expected his party’s MPs to vote against the proposal, accusing Labour of “playing cynical party political games.”

This came after talks between Clegg and Prime Minister David Cameron, who strongly opposes the tax as intrusive and costly.

Meanwhile schools minister and Clegg ally David Laws said his party must summon up discipline to vote with the government.

But Labour ridiculed the Liberal Democrats’ decision to vote against a policy they have supported for so long.