In March 2010, just a few weeks before the last general election, I attended the Liberal Democrat spring conference in Birmingham as a local party representative. The talk was all about the coming election and the key policies we would put before the public. One of the issues I was most pleased to see go into the manifesto was the proposal that nobody should pay tax on the first £10,000 they earn.
If you had told me at the time that just three short years later the Lib Dems, in government, would have made this tax cut a reality for millions of working people, it would have been difficult to believe.
But now it's happening - a huge £700 tax cut for millions of people - and it's important to let people know, not to blow the Lib Dems' trumpet, although there's no denying it's great to see this particular Lib Dem policy coming in, but to ensure the public knows what it's entitled to and how this tax cut fits in with the other measures the government is taking to make the tax system fairer all round. Unlike Labour, we have made the super-rich pay their fair share and have introduced lower taxes for the average worker.
You can see the Lib Dems television broadcast explaining these tax changes at this webpage: http://www.libdems.org.uk/latest_news_detail.aspx?title=Liberal_Democrat_Party_Political_Broadcast%3a_Fairer_Taxes_&pPK=eef20d60-4c74-480b-8418-a00093dfc25c