'Rates crippling high street'
Ed Miliband has warned spiralling business rates risk destroying the high street as Labour revealed the charge will increase by £530 in parts of the Westcountry next year.
The Labour leader wants to position his party as the "champion of small businesses and the high street".
The business tax will on average increase by £530 in Exeter, Labour figures suggest. It will soar by £410 in Plymouth and £180 in Cornwall.
Mr Miliband, speaking to regional newspaper journalists in Parliament, renewed his pledge to cut rates in 2015, and freeze the charge in 2016.
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He said: "Vibrant high streets are an absolutely crucial part of not just our economic fabric but our social fabric too."