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Pastygate continues to rumble on this week after prime minister David Cameron claimed he recently tucked into a pasty at the West Cornwall Pasty Company in Leeds - which closed down five years ago.

Chancellor George Osborne sparked outrage earlier this week after he said that Brits on a budget should eat cold pasties to avoid his 20 per cent tax hike on hot food.

When Osborne admitted that he couldn't remember the last time he went into a branch of Greggs for a hot snack, Labour MPs were quick to accuse the Tories of being out of touch with the average Brit.

Labour leader Ed Miliband seized the PR opportunity and visited a branch of Greggs with his shadow chancellor Ed Balls and shadow treasury chief to snap up a £4.70 bag of sausage rolls.

Miliband said: “There is a serious point here, which is that the Government is hitting people’s living standards in every way they can.”

Keen to portray himself as an everyman, Cameron went a little off-topic at a press conference with Olympics officials to say: “I am a pasty-eater myself. I go to Cornwall on holiday and I love a hot pasty. I think the last one I bought was from the West Cornwall Pasty Company.

“I seem to remember I was in Leeds station at the time and the choice was whether to have one of their small ones or one of their large ones.

"I have a feeling I opted for the large one, and very good it was too.”

But Network Rail said that the West Cornwall Pasty Company shut its Leeds Station outlet on March 3, 2007.

It was replaced by a Cornish Bakehouse booth, but that closed last week.

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