Bed tax protest outside Blair hotel

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A hotel owner opposed to plans to introduce a levy on tourist accommodation has staged a protest outside the hotel where Tony Blair is staying for Labour's autumn conference. As the prime minister and his colleagues left their hotel in Manchester this morning, Peter Grazier lay in a bed to highlight his opposition to proposals for a so-called 'bed tax' being considered by Sir Michael Lyons' enquiry into local government funding. Speaking to, the co-owner of the Crown hotel in Harrogate, said the proposed 5-10% levy would have a significant impact on the hospitality industry. "I wanted the MPs staying here to add 10% to their hotel bills during this conference and just see how much it will cost in future," he said. "However, it probably won't bother Mr Blair and co as they...

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