PM leaks Tory pledge

Daily Star - - NEWS - by RUTH Mc­KEE­kee@dai­

BORIS Johnson let slip a Tory pledge to cut taxes by around £460 a year for almost all work­ers.

The Prime Min­is­ter blurted out the new prom­ise in the mid­dle of a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with work­ers at an en­gi­neer­ing plant in Mid­dles­brough, Teesside.

He told staff the Con­ser­va­tive party had a pol­icy of “low tax for the work­ing peo­ple”.

The Tory leader added: “We are go­ing to be cut­ting Na­tional

In­surance up to £12,000. We are go­ing to be mak­ing sure we cut busi­ness rates for small busi­nesses. We are cut­ting tax for work­ing peo­ple.”

Af­ter­wards aides said the idea was to raise the thresh­old for mak­ing NI pay­ments to £12,500, not the £12,000 the PM stated.

The in­come thresh­old for con­tri­bu­tions stands at £8,632 and if the Tories fol­low through, it would save £460 a year for any­one earn­ing more than £12,500.

Mr Johnson later said the move would be done in stages, up to £9,500 first.

Shadow chan­cel­lor John Mc­Don­nell branded it a blow to public ser­vices af­ter “10 years of cruel cuts”.

He added: “In­de­pen­dent ex­perts have said this will cost up to £11bil­lion so ev­ery­one who re­lies on public ser­vices will be won­der­ing whether they will be pay­ing the price.”

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