Fury as Boris Johnson ‘snubs’ Red Wall event for last-minute Kyiv trip

Other Tory MPs attending the gathering at Doncaster Racecourse also called on Mr. Johnson to cut taxes and scrap green levies to help families with rising bills.

Jake Berry, the chairman of the Northern Research Group, said that English regions should be given powers to lower taxes themselves, including stamp duty.

“We know the Treasury has opposed this in the past,” he said. “We say it’s time to stop talking about being the party of low tax. It’s time to be a government of low tax.”

Dehenna Davison, the MP for Bishop Auckland, said that reducing green levies and VAT on energy bills would be an “easy win” for the Prime Minister.

She also called on Number 10 to reduce the tax on fuel to 10 per cent, or even zero for up to a year, to help motorists struggling with £2 a liter at the pumps.

“The Treasury have had a massive windfall from this because of the rising price of fuel over the past few months,” she said

More powers for metropolitan mayors

A new report by the Onward think tank warned that the Tories must boost the powers of regional mayors and create more of them to retain the support of the Red Wall.

The proposals are backed by George Osborne and Andy Street, the respective Tory former chancellor and mayor of the West Midlands, as well as Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham, the Labor mayors of London and Greater Manchester.

They urged the Government to fix the “fragmented and short-term approach” and establish a new Mayoral Settlement, set up by the Treasury.

Mayors should control 1p in the pound of the basic rate of income tax and business rate growth should be fully devolved to local leaders, the report also recommended.


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