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Osborne advisor released budget info to Michel

Osborne advisor released budget info to Michel
George Osborne's most senior political adviser in the Treasury leaked information to News International about the likely contents of the Government's first budget, it emerged last night.

Rupert Harrison sent Fred Michel an e-mail all but confirming that the Coalition was not intending to introduce VAT on newspapers, just four days before the budget was delivered, evidence released by the Leveson Inquiry revealed.

"We have said nothing over the last few weeks or months that would suggest any extension of VAT," the email said.

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