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By Gary Gibbon

Updated on 23 April 2008

Conservative leader David Cameron attacks Gordon Brown's plan to compensate people hit by the abolition of the 10p tax rate.

"A loser, not a leader" - David Cameron's description of Gordon Brown today as the prime minister defended the government's plans to compensate people paying more tax as a result of the abolition of the 10p rate.

The Tory leader said he had presided over a "humiliating climbdown" ahead of a possible Commons defeat next week over the issue.

After the announcement, Labour critics called off their rebellion.

More than five million people, many of them low-paid workers, faced cuts in their pay packet this month because of the scrapping of the 10p rate.

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