A call by Liberal Democrat former minister David Laws for deeper tax and spending cuts was widely welcomed yesterday - but was also set to cause friction with colleagues in his party.
Mr Laws, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said that giants of liberalism, such as Gladstone and Lloyd George, would be shocked by state spending at 40 per cent of national output and warned against "too much waste and inefficiency".
It should be nearer 35 per cent, he said, with just health, education and pensions protected.
He also called for "lower marginal rates of tax at all income levels" as well as a rise in the tax-free personal allowance. Mr Laws was in his post for 17 days after the 2010 election.
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