Johnson's plans to raise taxes to meet health and social funding shortfall anger "no-tax" Tories

Plans for a tax increase to fund health and social care, pushed support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative party to its lowest level since the 2019 national election, according to a new poll by YouGov, Reuters reported.

Support for the Conservatives dropped five points to 33%, with Labour up one point to 35%, ahead of the ruling party for the first time since January.

Johnson outlined a proposal Tuesday to raise taxes on workers, employers and some investors to try to fix a health and social care funding crisis. Supporters accused him of compromising the party’s traditional support for low taxes.

“We should be cautious of leaping to too many conclusions from a single poll but . . . it looks as if the government may have sacrificed their reputation for low taxes amongst Tory voters without actually getting much credit for helping the NHS,” said Anthony Wells, political research director at YouGov, referring to the National Health Service.

 

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