Boris Johnson defends National Insurance levy in Parliament
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The Prime Minister is bracing for the Labour leader to lash out at the Conservatives’ plan to introduce a health and social care levy. Yesterday Mr Johnson admitted he was breaking one of his 2019 election pledges with a plan to increase national insurance contributions to fix the social care crisis.
Sir Keir has already bashed the plan saying the tax unfairly hits the low paid.
Labour MPs will be whipped to vote against the proposals in a Commons vote taking place later this evening.
In PMQs the Opposition leader and numerous MPs will likely attack the Prime Minister for breaking his promise to the electorate at the last election.
Yesterday he said Mr Johnson could no longer claim the Tories are “the party of low taxation”.
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First full chamber since Starmer became leader
Today is the first time the House of Commons chamber will have been full for PMQs since Sir Keir Starmer became Labour leader.
The St Pancras and Holborn MP took over from Jeremy Corbyn once the pandemic had already broken out.
Strict social distancing rules since then have meant the chamber has been largely been empty.
Sir Keir will face a fresh challenge today as he challenges the Prime Minister being backed by a wall of Tories MPs.
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