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Nick Clegg slams marriage tax breaks

Joe Churcher and David Hughes

Conservative plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on a tax break for married couples are "unfair", Nick Clegg has said.

In a fresh swipe at the policy – expected to be brought forward within months to head off a Tory revolt – the Deputy Prime Minister said it would be paid for by people who do not "conform" to Conservative social norms.

"I have never understood the virtue of a policy that basically says to people who are not married: you will pay more tax than people who are married or, more particularly, married according to the particular definition of marriage held by the Conservative Party," Mr Clegg told journalists at a Westminster Press conference.

He suggested the cash should go instead on extending tax breaks on childcare for all couples.

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