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"I'm afraid there is no money" - the note itself comes to light

By Mark Wallace
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At last, the famous note written by Liam Byrne to David Laws, his successor at the Treasury, has come to light, courtesy of ITV's West Country Political Editor:

Liam Byrne Note
Liam Byrne is never going to live down those fateful words - "Dear Chief Secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards and good luck! Liam" - and nor should he. 

One tax-cutting friend of mine suggested this afternoon that all Chief Secretaries of the Treasury should get the text as a tattoo, to form a permanent reminder of the fate which befalls those who splash too much taxpayers' cash.

Perhaps Mr Byrne might be the first to try out such a policy?