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Screen shot 2010-06-22 at 22.30.40 10.30pm LeftWatch: Harriet Harman launches massive attack on Liberal Democrats

9.45pm WATCH: VAT increase is 'least worst option', says Vince Cable

6pm On CentreRight:

5.30pm ToryDiary: Wrong, Mr Osborne, the VAT increase was completely avoidable

Anderson-Iain 4.30pm Iain Anderson on CentreRight: The compulsion to buy a pension annuity at age 75 has finally been scrapped

3.45pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: "The Government are making it a lot harder for millions of Britons to stand on their own two feet"

3.30pm WATCH: The Budget in eight minutes

3pm ToryDiary: The chart that shows wealthier Britons shoulder most of the burden of repaying Brown's debts

2.45pm ToryDiary: How did George Osborne do?

EBB 12.30pm ToryDiary: Main announcements of Emergency budget (live blog)

11am Charles Tannock MEP on CentreRight: Trying to find middle ground between two diametrically opposed positions on whaling

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ToryDiary: Ten benchmarks for judging today's emergency budget

Thomas Haynes on Platform: Britain needs a coherent conservative movement

Parliament: Iceland must repay UK depositors if it wants to join EU, warns Cameron

Local government: Let local papers start radio and TV stations

International: French Right set to split as Sarkozy's arch rival Dominique de Villepin sets up rival party

Melanchthon on CentreRight: Should we consider having the clocks an additional hour forward all year round, with BST in winter and double summer time in summer?

WATCH: Andrew Lansley scraps Labour targets as part of £850m attack on NHS bureaucracy

Osborne will deliver 'tough but fair' budget

Screen shot 2010-06-22 at 07.05.07 "The chancellor, George Osborne, is to promise that tomorrow's deficit-busting emergency budget will hit the richest 10% hardest and take 850,000 of the lowest paid out of income tax altogether. Osborne will announce a £200 tax cut for 20 million basic rate taxpayers in an attempt to show that the toughest budget in a generation is "tough but fair"." – Guardian

Nick Robinson: 'All income groups will lose from today's Budget'

"Some good news has emerged from the Treasury tonight. The Budget will take 880,000 people out of the tax system and give basic rate taxpayers a tax cut of £200 per year. The bad news comes tomorrow when it will become clear that overall people in all income groups will pay more as a result of other tax rises, spending and benefit cuts and limits to public sector pay and pensions." – BBC

“This is one of the hardest things we will ever have to do" – Nick Clegg's warning to LibDem members is reported in the FT

Public sector pension costs exaggerated by Coalition and right-wing think tanks, say unionsGuardian

Bank levy may be as high as £3bnFT

A rise in capital gains tax is to go ahead in the Budget despite protests from senior Tory MPsDaily Mail

Leader-writers at The Telegraph are concerned: "The Chancellor has already signalled that he wants spending cuts rather than tax rises to bear the brunt of deficit reduction, by a ratio of about four to one. That is a healthy instinct, but it makes his apparent determination to more than double the rate of capital gains tax on non-business assets all the more puzzling. Such a punitive assault on the thrifty not only sends out the wrong message about wealth creation but will also, according to many analysts, be counter-productive in revenue-raising terms."

Tim Montgomerie: Don't increase VAT until all the public sector has been put on a diet

Screen shot 2010-06-22 at 07.20.16 "The biggest part of the state that isn't sharing the pain is the NHS. Protecting the NHS while cutting into other essential services has been described as "irresponsible". Not by a rightwing ideologue but by former health secretary Andy Burnham. The Labour leadership candidate rightly pointed out that local and community services that contribute to the overall health of the population will have to be cut too deeply if the NHS budget continues to grow." – Tim Montgomerie in The Guardian

A VAT hike in today's Budget would cost the average family more than £400-a-yearDaily Mail

Dominic Lawson: Labour will say Tories enjoy making cuts

"Every one of those standing for the vacant leadership, including
the notionally least left-wing of the candidates, David Miliband, makes
the same point: the Tories – with their Liberal Democrat partners as
"useful idiots" – will be cutting public services because such action
gives them a private thrill of satisfaction, rather than because they
think it is in the national interest." – Dominic Lawson in The
Independent

There is a mandate for cuts, says The Sun: "At the election, the Tories and Lib Dems polled 17 million votes compared with Labour's 8 million. That means there is a clear mandate for today's unavoidable action."

No extra money for The QueenDaily Mail

Union condemns the great railway sell-off that could net up to £2 billionTimes (£)

Cameron rebuffed calls by Britain’s leading businessmen to toughten strike lawsTimes (£)

'Patients in England will no longer be guaranteed a GP appointment within 48 hours under a scaling back of NHS targets'

"Mr Lansley said: "I want to free the NHS from bureaucracy and targets that have no clinical justification and move to an NHS which measures its performance on patient outcomes. Doctors will be free to focus on the outcomes that matter – providing quality patient care."" – BBC | Watch Andrew Lansley defend £850m change on Channel 4 News

Nick Clegg will hold his first Deputy PM's Question Time with MPsExpress

Cameron to meet Russian President Medvedev to improve ties FT

Diane Abbott plays race card to excuse her decision to send her son to private school Daily Mail

And finally… Ten things you didn't know about the 150 year-old Budget box

4720955639_4533fae0d7 Treasury photo.

"1. The box was made in 1860 for Chancellor William Gladstone, who held the post of Chancellor of the Exchequer four times.
2. Gladstone was originally a Conservative MP before becoming a Liberal Prime Minister, so perhaps it is appropriate that its final use should be by a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition.
3. The box has been used by 44 different chancellors in its lifetime…"

Read the full list in The Express.

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