Nick Clegg targets Tory ‘vanity projects’

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today launch a blistering attack on the Conservatives, claiming they squander taxpayers’ money on vanity projects.

As the Liberal Democrat leader launches the party’s English local election campaign he will say both the Tories and Labour have a record in local government of waste and inefficiency.

The attack marks the start of weeks of tough campaigning ahead of the 2 May elections.

Mr Clegg will tell voters in the party’s Cornish heartlands: “Difficult decisions will need to be made in local government, just as in national government, and people understand that. But they – rightly – expect that their representatives should make the fairest possible decisions.

“Next month, people will be confronted with the same choice. Despite all their stated differences, a vote for Labour or the Tories will be a vote for the same thing.

“Their record in local government shows that, even when millions of families are feeling the pinch, they’ll both squander taxpayers’ money on waste, inefficiency and their own vanity projects.

Mr Clegg will highlight changes to the personal tax allowance – a Lib Dem 2010 election pledge – which mean no-one pays any tax until they earn more than £9,440.

He will claim the government has “asked for a bit more from those who can afford it” and will keep fighting for a mansion tax.