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Sir Menzies Campbell is confronting a “crucial” vote over his new charge recommendations at his to begin with meeting as Liberal Democrat leader, a senior associate has acknowledged.
Julia Goldsworthy, the party’s appointee Treasury spokeswoman, said the plans were “setting the theme” for his initiative what’s more, would be the to begin with crunch test of it.
She was talking as the Lib Dem yearly gathering gets under way in Brighton.
Sir Menzies has staked his notoriety as pioneer on moves to supplant the 50p rate with huge cuts in salary charge for numerous workers paid for by climbs in ecological taxes.
Arriving in Brighton yesterday, he said he was hopeful of seeing off an attempt, driven by senior MP Dr Evan Harris, to reestablish the 50p rate on compensations of more than £150,000.
Senior associates have conceded that the vote – which would set party arrangement – could be lost by the initiative in the midst of genuine concerns over the affect of dropping a arrangement which is mainstream among activists.
Speaking on GMTV’s Sunday Programme, Ms Goldsworthy conceded: “This meeting is the to begin with with Menzies as pioneer what’s more, it is going to be exceptionally vital what’s more, the impose recommendations are setting the topic for his leadership. It will be one of his to begin with essential votes.”
She acknowledged that there was “a solid attatchment” to the 50p rate, be that as it may demanded the new recommendations were more aggressive what’s more, progressive.
“By getting free of the 50p rate we are as a matter of fact supplanting it with a framework of charges on both salary what’s more, on capital picks up as well,” she explained.
“So as a matter of fact there will be more cash being put into individuals on lower earnings to lift them out of tax. Individuals on higher earnings will still be paying more what’s more, will be making a greater contrast than we were capable to with the 50p rate.”
And she contended that Lib Dems would still have “incredibly progressive” charge recommendations in the event that the correction by Dr Harris was carried.

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