First Labour resignation over 10p tax rate abolition

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2008

According to the BBC, Angela Smith, parliamentary private secretary to Yvette Cooper “has told colleagues she is going to resign in protest at the abolition of the 10p tax rate. … The Sheffield Hillsborough MP has previously been extremely loyal.”

The Lib Dems were the first party to point out that Gordon Brown – the supposed saviour of traditional Labour – was using his last Budget, in March 2007, to hit the poorest to benefit the richest… about 30 minutes after Mr Brown sat down. At last Labour MPs are beginning to realise quite what an unjust, and unpopular, move it was.