PRESS RELEASE - Broken Promise Over National Insurance Tax Hike

September 9, 2021 2:22 PM

Parliament Chamber, Westminster

Chris Clarkson breaks promise to people of Heywood & Middleton over unfair tax hike, while Tony Lloyd, Labour MP for Rochdale, didn't bother to vote at all.

Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP Chris Clarkson's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

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

Chris Clarkson was one of the 317 Conservative MPs to support the plans. Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government plans, arguing that they 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 everyone who needs it.

Commenting, Leader of Rochdale Borough Liberal Democrats, Councillor Andy Kelly said:

"Chris Clarkson stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance. Now they have voted to break that promise by hitting hard-pressed families and small businesses across Rochdale Borough, which includes Heywood & Middleton, with a tax hike at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

"The people of Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton deserve better than this. They need MPs who they can trust and who will fight for a fairer deal for our area.

"Unlike Chris Clarkson MP, the Liberal Democrats opposed these unjust plans in Parliament. We have been clear about how to fix the social care crisis in a fairer way, instead of hiking taxes on those who can least afford it."

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added:

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

"Conservative MPs have shown that they can't be trusted and are taking people for granted. It's little wonder that 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."

ENDS