Tory civll war declared as MPs furious at Boriss socialist republic- PM faces rebellion

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To make matters worse, the NICs increase of 1.25 percent comes alongside another 5 percent rise in council tax both to pay for social care.

The fury on the backbenches from historically Labour seats won by Conservative MPs has been fueled by new analysis from the Taxpayers Alliance (TPA) which shows that the “Boris tax” will hit their constituents hardest.

According to the TPA, after the tax rise NICs will account for 6.64 percent of income in the East Midlands, 6.44 percent West Midlands and 6.43 percent in the North East.

This compares to a UK average of 6.09 percent with London and the South East paying 5.88 percent.

Red Wall MPs have pointed out that the protection of assets being capped at £86,000 mostly helps those in the South East where the average house price is £670,000 compared to £170,000 in the North East.

Added to that there are concerns that the temporary ditching of the triple lock for pensions to stop an 8 percent rise this year will harm red wall areas most.

The North East and North West have among the joint second highest levels of pensioner poverty both up 6 percent in the last decade to 16 percent and 18 percent.

Former cabinet minister Esther McVey, who founded the Blue Collar Movement which swept the Red Wall areas, said: “Increasing NICs means that people in the north will disproportionately pay more to give a disproportionate benefit to the south – that is not my idea of levelling up.”

On the triple lock, she added: “Politics is all about trust and I think anyone who believes there will be no consequence from breaking those election promises so easily will be mistaken.”

North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: “This is not levelling up, it is maintaining the status quo and making it worse.”

He added: “It is hard for the government to justify continuing with HS2 when it is putting up taxes like this and breaking our manifesto promises on that and pensions.”

One Red Wall MP who abstained on the first social care vote last week, said: “I have had nothing yet which answers my questions. I shall probably voting against and I know a lot of my colleagues who voted with the government last week are considering voting against too.”

The rebellion was reduced last week after Mr Johnson telephoned MPs.

One West Midlands MP said: “I voted for it because I owe Boris my seat and I feel personal loyalty, but I told my whip that I feel soiled and there are only so many times he can call on my loyalty in this way.”

There is also a fear that measures such as scrapping the £20 uplift in universal credit will result in the Tories being re-branded as the “nasty party”.

A backbench MP said: “[We’ve got] NHS bosses earning more than the prime minister, we’ve got diversity officers earning £70,000 a year and GPs earning over half a million pounds a year and then we want someone on £25,000 a year to pay more taxes – that doesn’t sit right with me.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, warned: “The one year suspension of the triple lock, plus the ending of the Universal Credit uplift, means that areas with significant numbers of people of all ages living on low incomes will take a financial hit in the next few months.”

A Government spokeswoman said: “The revenue raised through the tax changes announced on Tuesday will reform adult social care right across the UK.“For the first time, we have placed a limit on the amount people will spend for care over their lifetime in England, and have significantly increased state support.“National Insurance is progressive, with those who earn more paying more.“We committed to levelling up, which is why we will deliver a world-leading health and social care across the whole of the UK.”

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