7th April 2010
I am delighted that my Conservative colleagues in the House of Commons have forced the Labour Party to back down from introducing their proposed Cider Tax.
The Government dropped this proposal in an effort to get its Finance Bill through the Commons before Parliament is dissolved for the General Election.
The only impact of this latest tax hike would have been on the ordinary people in the South West who enjoy their cider. It would have achieved nothing to combat the binge drinking culture that it is so often blamed for.
In a stark warning to voters, Labour have warned that should they be re-elected then the 10% tax increase will be back and it will be here to stay.
Ashley Fox MEP