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Lib Dems reject Tory PMI claim

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will vote for any National Insurance rises in the budget if they are earmarked for the NHS.

Treasury spokesman Matthew Taylor says while the party would prefer the Chancellor to raise additional revenue through income tax in the budget on Wednesday, they will support the Government.

The Lib Dems reject Conservative leader Ian Duncan Smith&#39s statement made on Sunday that he would rather encourage the wider use of PMI and pay as you go treatment.

Taylor says: “The NHS is crucial because it provides care according to need not wealth, most people cannot afford &#39pay as you go&#39 when they get sick.”

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