Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, has finally let the cat out of the bag: Labour want to raise your taxes.
In a radio interview, she said:
‘Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’
(Source: LBC phone-in, 14th July 2014)
Ed Miliband has defined those on middle incomes as “people either side” of £26,000 a year (Source: Ed Miliband, BBC Breakfast, 28 February 2011). So Harriet Harman’s confession means that millions of hardworking taxpayers would pay the price for a Labour Party that hasn’t learnt its lesson.
Labour want you to foot the bill for their plans to spend more and borrow more - and they’ve floated a number of tax rises if they win the next election:
- A new tax on the family home (Source: Ed Miliband’s Speech in Bedford, 14 February 2013)
- A rise in National Insurance (Source: Observer, 20 April 2014)
- Higher fuel duty (Source: Ed Miliband, Labour Press Conference Q&A, 11 January 2011)
- A new tax on farms (Source: Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2014)
- A graduate tax (Source: Emily Thornberry MP on Daily Politics, BBC Two, 2 April 2014)
- A rise in corporation tax (Source: Financial Times, 24 September 2013).
- A new tax on pensions (Source: Liberal Conspiracy, 20 September 2013; HM Treasury, Budget 2013, March 2013, Table 2.1).
When they were in government, Labour raised taxes by £1,400 per family (Source: IFS, Tax and Benefit reform under Labour, p.24, 7 April 2010).
By contrast, the Conservatives have frozen fuel duty and cut income tax for 25 million hardworking taxpayers, making families more financially secure.
UPDATE: Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has written to Harriet Harman. Click here to read the letter in full (PDF).