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Keir Starmer Refuses To Say Labour Will Reverse National Insurance Hike At General Election UK Politics Live

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good morning. Boris Johnson received a message from Good Morning Britain yesterday and today it is Keir Starmer's turn. Predictably, he was asked about so-called Birgit (the Tory press's obsession with establishing parity with Partygate remains unconvincing, as my colleague Peter Walker explains here), but there are also some real politics in the interview.

Labor voted against a £12 billion annual Social Security increase when the government announced it last year. It was a somewhat risky decision, with revenue going to health care and welfare (a rare example of a public spending priority) but the decision allowed Labor to beat out the Conservatives as the country's low-tax party for months. Labor now has the biggest advantage over the Conservatives as the party that has done its best on tax issues in 10 years.

But this approach creates new problems because it means Labor must run into the next election to explain where else they will find £12 billion to cover those costs, or turn around and accept the increases anyway. In an interview, Starmer was asked if Labor would continue to campaign for an end to wage increases during the election. He declined to make that commitment, stating that it was too early to say. she said:

Of course, I do not know what we will do before the next elections, what will be the economic situation then. Nobody knows what the economic situation was like at that time. We will finish our plan when we reach the full elections.

We have outlined the principles we will apply. It would be a fair tax system, especially for workers.

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When asked if he would raise the highest rate of income tax (a way to replace some or all of the £12 billion), Starmer said again that Labor would make that clear before the next election.

You are absolutely right to encourage me. But the opposition leaders, two years after the elections, do not know what will happen to the economy, and they cannot say what we will do.

Conservatives said it was "remarkable" that Starmer had not committed to permanently repeal the increase in Social Security before the general election. This is from Simon Clark, Chief Financial Officer.

I will post more interview soon.

Today is the last day of the election campaign before the regional elections. All major party leaders were absent from the media event. Boris Johnson was visiting Eastley and Starmer was in Wakefield.

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