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Crispy lamb salad

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Simon Kelner: George's resemblance to Piers is the least of his worries

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Not so long ago politicians were content to demonstrate their credentials as a likeable everyman by kissing babies and shaking hands.

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Crumbs! Labour goes to Greggs in row over VAT on hot food, but the trail of Cameron's pastry hit goes cold

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George Osborne feels the heat on 'pasty tax' and cut in 50p rate

When George Osborne wrote his Budget speech, he will have imagined and pre-empted countless probing questions the Opposition would ask of his tax policies. But what of his pie-eating habits?

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The Cornish pasty has been awarded European protected status

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A campaign has been launched to oppose a proposed "pasty tax" which could see the cost of Cornwall's favourite food rise by 20%.

Hot pasties and caravans hit by changes to VAT quirks

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