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MPC member warns base rate may top 5 per cent

UK interest rates will have to rise and the current low inflation 1.1 per cent figure will not stop the Bank of England raising revealed a member of the Monetary Policy Committee in a Sunday Times interview.
MPC member Paul Tucker said the neutral level of rates was probably in the 5 – 5.5 per cent range.

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