Gordon Brown says Liz Truss’ proposed tax cuts ‘don’t help people who need the help’
If Liz Truss pushes ahead with her proposed tax cuts it will be an “electoral suicide note” for the Tory party, the deputy prime minister has warned.
Dominic Raab, a supporter of former chancellor Rishi Sunak, said it was wrong for Ms Truss to propose tax cuts and not lay out plans to protect people from the cost of living crisis.
“If we go to the country with an emergency budget in September that fails to measure up to the task in hand, voters will not forgive us as they see their living standards eroded and the financial security they cherish disappear before their eyes,” Mr Raab said, writing for The Times.
“Such a failure will read unmistakenly to the public like an electoral suicide note and, as sure as night follows day, see our great party cast into the impotent oblivion of opposition.”
Earlier, Boris Johnson rejected calls to introduce an emergency cost-of-living budget, reinstate regular Cobra meetings and recall parliament amid mounting pleas for urgent intervention.
Mr Johnson’s official spokesperson said such matters would instead be up to “a future prime minister to decide”.
Welcome to The Independent’s UK politics blog for 9 August 2022 where we provide the latest on the Tory leadership race and everything that is buzzing in Westminster.
Stuti Mishra9 August 2022 05:09