Nick Clegg, 8th April 2010.
"[Liberal Democrats] will not have to raise VAT to deliver our promises. The Conservatives will. Let me repeat that: Our plans do not require a rise in VAT. The Tory plans do....
...So if you’re on an ordinary income, you have a choice. If you want your taxes to rise: vote Labour or Conservative. If you want your taxes to fall: choose the Liberal Democrats."
All political parties did not rule out that we might need to look at VAT.
'The leadership has an undisclosed policy to announce a VAT rise to 19.5% in the June emergency budget.... We will say that having taken power and scrutinized the finances, we now realise the size of the problem concealed by Darling/Brown and are forced to take this drastic action to tackle the debt.... A Tory spokesman described the claims as 'complete rubbish', adding: 'We have no plans to raise VAT.'