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BORIS JOHNSON has sidestepped Labour’s demands for him to rule out tax rises for families and businesses in next week’s Budget.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions today, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked Mr Johnson whether he can “at least agree with me today that now is not the time for tax rises for families and for businesses?”
Mr Johnson responded by attacking Labour, saying that it is “preposterous” for Sir Keir “to talk about tax rises when, only a little over a year ago, he stood on a manifesto to raise taxes by the biggest amount in the history of this country.”
Sir Keir also questioned whether Mr Johnson thinks it is “right” for the Conservative council in his own Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to raise council tax by 4.8 per cent.
Mr Johnson did not answer the question, instead claiming that Sir Keir was “completely wrong” and that “the top 10 highest-council-taxing councils in this country are run by the Labour Party.”
Sir Keir said that the session was yet another PMQs that gleaned “no answers” from the PM.
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