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7:07am 26th April 2012
(Updated 7:07am 26th April 2012)

Cornish bakers are marching on Downing Street during a day of action over the controversial "pasty tax".

About 300 pasty manufacturers will gather on Whitehall this morning to object to George Osborne's bid to make hot takeaway snacks subject to 20% VAT.

The march will start at Pudding Lane, where the great fire of London began in an oven.

Six representatives from the baking industry, joined by Cornish MPs, will later present a petition of nearly 500,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street.

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, hopes politicians will be lured by the taste of an authentic Cornish pasty when he hosts a campaign event in the Houses of Parliament.

The Lib Dem MP will team up with the Western Morning News to hand out baked goods from the Proper Cornish Pasty Company in an attempt to garner support.

Mr Gilbert said: "My fight in Parliament will not stop until these plans are dropped and I urge everyone to continue to sign the petition."

Representatives from bakeries across the country who attend the protest outside Downing Street are also being encouraged to meet with their local MP and explain the impact that the VAT move would have on the local economy in their constituencies.

Cornish comedian the Kernow King is organising his own march through Falmouth on Sunday, leaving from The Moor at 2pm. He warned the Prime Minister and Chancellor the tax will not be forgotten in the Duchy, "I don't know what to say to them to be honest. I think they are so far out of touch. They are two posh boys that haven't got a clue what is going down here in Cornwall, which is some sad because David Cameron loves coming down here to Cornwall."

Hear more of his interview here...


Last week a move by Labour to block the "pasty tax" was defeated despite a revolt by 14 coalition backbenchers - nine Tories and five Liberal Democrats.

The Prime Minister previously told the Commons he understood why "feelings in Cornwall run high on this" but insisted it was unfair that other takeaway food was covered by the tax while pasties were not.

7:07am 26th April 2012

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