CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

SOCIAL SECURITY – PENSIONS – 17 July 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: If the Secretary of State is now a convert to the merits of tax credits, does he admit that the Chancellor was wrong to abolish tax credits on dividends? Does he defend the Chancellor, or does he agree with the senior No. 10 spokesman who was quoted in yesterday's press as saying:

"Gordon may not accept it but he has made big mistakes on pensions and fuel prices and sooner or later he will implode .... He is poisoning relations with half the Cabinet and the sooner he goes the better."?

That must be a first – a No. 10 spokesman agreeing with the entire Opposition Front-Bench team.