UK Politics

Rees-Mogg ‘urges Johnson to abandon National Insurance rise’ as concern grows over cost of living crisis


Jacob Rees-Mogg has reportedly called on Boris Johnson to abandon the planned hike in National Insurance in the face of the looming cost of living crisis.

The leader of the House of Commons was said to have spoken against the tax rise at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, saying it could not be justified amid rising inflation and uncertainty over energy prices.

Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, was said to have refused to change course as it would mean having to find the money elsewhere.

A cabinet insider said Mr Rees-Mogg felt “finding savings would be more frugal and responsible” than raising taxes, according to the Financial Times.

The Telegraph said three government sources had confirmed that the exchange took place.