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All Wiltshire MPs break promise over tax hike 

September 9, 2021 11:34 AM
By Lib Dems

The five local Conservative MPs (Donelan, Gray, Glen, Kruger, Murrison) chose to break their promise to the electorate and voted for a 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance.

The changes, which go against the Conservative manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

317 Conservative MPs supported the plans. Liberal Democrat MPs voted against, arguing that the measures will fail to fix the ongoing social care crisis and will fall disproportionately on the young, the low paid and small businesses.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a cross-party agreement on social care, to find a long-term solution to funding high-quality care for all who need it.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP said:

"The Tories have gone from being the party of low tax to the party of broken promises.

"Conservative MPs have shown they can't be trusted and are taking people for granted. It's little wonder voters around the country and across the Blue Wall are turning to the Liberal Democrats instead.

"We want to see cross-party talks on how to fund social care in a fair and sustainable way, along with urgent action to fix the staffing crisis in care homes and give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve."