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Cameron and Osborne ditch plans to publish their tax returns ahead of the general election

Cameron and Osborne ditch plans to publish their tax returns ahead of the general election

The pledge given by David Cameron to release his personal tax return before the general election has now been ditched

The Mail Online reports: David Cameron and George Osborne are set to break a promise to publish their tax returns before the election.

The Prime Minister had insisted he was ‘relaxed’ about the idea, insisting it was ‘legitimate’ for voters to ask if politicians paid the right tax.

Mr Osborne, who first floated the idea in the Cabinet, has now admitted there are ‘no plans’ for it to go ahead.

Mr Cameron and other members of the coalition have faced intense pressure to say whether they benefited from a decision in the 2012 Budget to reduce the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p.

Two years ago Downing Street said senior Tories were willing to publish their tax returns, but stressed the election was a long way off.

Now, with four months until polling day, the plan has been shelved.