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Tory modernisers call for new coalition

Conservative campaign organisation Bright Blue has warned the party that another coalition with the Liberal Democrats may be the only way for the party to keep power. The group said the party should continue with its modernising agenda and not lurch to the right, as many core-conservative groups are suggesting.


Osborne cool on wealth tax

The Government must be careful not to "drive away wealth creators" with taxation, George Osborne has warned.

Speaking during a visit to Sunderland, the Chancellor said the wealthy “need to pay more”, but added it was the “entrepreneurs, the business leaders who create the jobs to help the economy move forward".

His comments come after Nick Clegg called for the introduction of a wealth tax for a limited period. In an interview with the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister said increased contributions from those of "very considerable" wealth could help retain a "cohesive and prosperous" Britain.

In the first major interview by a Coalition minister before the start of the new political season, Mr Clegg also invited Lib Dem David Laws back into the Coalition. "I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to see David Laws back in government," Mr Clegg told the newspaper.

Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes told BBC Radio 4's the World at One his party was serious about the wealth tax idea, and dismissed accusations of political posturing.

"We are not just flying a kite at all, this is a long-held principle," he said.

"We now want to go back to the issue of wealth inequality - you won’t get the best economic solutions if you ignore the increasingly obscene levels of wealth inequality in this country."

But Conservative backbenchers have expressed anger over the idea, with Bernard Jenkin dismissing it as the "politics of envy" and claiming it would "strangling the goose that lays the golden egg".

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has also rejected the call, telling PoliticsHome that high taxes were "part of the problem with the UK economy - not part of the cure".

Labour's John Mann, who sits on the Treasury committee, accused Mr Clegg of "flannelling" in the run-up to his party conference.

"There’s obviously a conference coming up, it is rather excruciating listening to Mr Clegg. This is the worst kind of conference flannelling in advance, desperately trying to create some distance," he said.


£9bn of rail investment to be announced

David Cameron and Nick Clegg will tomorrow announce plans for £9bn of investment into Britain's rail network between 2014 and 2019.

The funding will contribute to existing projects such as London's Crossrail as well as new schemes, including the creation of a Northern Hub to increase rail capacity in the region, and an extension of electrification across the country.

But Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle said the plans would take too long to have an effect, claiming "It is rail investment now, not post-dated cheques, that will deliver jobs and growth".

"Setting out plans for way beyond the next election helps the industry to plan ahead, but does nothing to boost the economy now," she added.


Conference profits up

Profits from political conferences have rocketed despite party memberships dropping to all-time lows, research by the Times has found. Although conference attendances are suffering at the grassroots level, the media, lobbying groups and corporate representatives are filling the gap, and being charged for the privilege. The Lib Dems made £570,000 last year, more than double what they made five years ago.


Voters doubt coalition future

The majority of voters do not believe the Coalition will last until the next general election, a new poll has shown.

A Guardian/ICM poll found that, after a difficult period for the Government in which Lords reform was abandoned and boundary changes opposed by the Liberal Democrats, just 16% of the electorate expects the Coalition to last until 2015.


Clegg: I'll lead Lib Dems 'to election and beyond'

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted that he will lead the Liberal Democrats "through the next election and beyond".

Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard, Mr Clegg said: "There would be no point fighting an election and quit the following morning.”

The Deputy PM added: "I want to see this through. For me this is not just about Liberal Democrats having a one-off spell in government and then retreating back to a corner of important opposition.

"I think we are more progressive than the Conservatives, more credible on the economy than Labour. It’s a huge space there for us to appeal to a new set of voters."


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