Budget VAT change attacks defeated

Press Association
George Osborne with Budget briefcase
George Osborne with Budget briefcase

George Osborne's Budget came under attack from coalition MPs in the Commons as backbenchers lined up to attack decisions to slap VAT on pasties, caravans and repairs to churches.


Opposition from Labour to the Chancellor's plans was bolstered by disgruntled Tories and Liberal Democrats who warned the measures could cost jobs and result in historic buildings crumbling into disrepair.