‘Unfair distribution’ Esther McVey erupts after voting against Boris Johnson’s tax hike
Esther McVey explains why she voted against PM’s tax hike
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Earlier this week, Boris Johnson announced plans to increase National Insurance in a bid to overhaul social care and give more money to the NHS. The Prime Minister’s plans were met with a mixed response, and many Conservative MPs including Esther McVey, voicing their anger at the move. On Wednesday night, 42 Tory MPs failed to back the PM when it came to voting on the tax hike. However, during an appearance on GB News, McVey explained the reasons why she chose to vote against the Prime Minister.
Appearing on Saturday’s GB news, McVey discussed her decision with co-host Caroline Flint.
“There were five Tory rebels who voted against what the Government was bringing through,” the MP began.
As she listed off who else voted against the move, McVey continued: “What was is that us five were saying we didn’t agree with?
“Dr Neil did a Twitter afterwards, his was very much a break in a manifesto pledge.
“You promise something to the nation, you must live up to that.
“And then some people say ‘Yes, but Covid wasn’t on the manifesto so you could break it. So, there was movement there.”
“I am just saying what people said,” the host added before explaining her reasons for not back the Prime Minister.
“Mine is wider than that. One, I wasn’t going to vote for something I didn’t know where the money was going.
“This was just ‘Give us the money’ without any explanation of where the money was going, how much was going, what you’re guaranteed.
“And was it about social care or was it about getting the waiting list down?”
“That was one thing,” she explained. “And then I would have expected to have seen a whole host of different options.
“Why was it national insurance contributions, why weren’t there other things?
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“And as a conservative, I would have said ‘Can we look at an insurance scheme?’”
She concluded: “National insurance contributions for me, was probably the worst one to do it on. I would have called it a tax on jobs.
“There is a lot more being paid by the less well-off working class so it’s an unfair distribution.”
Before the vote, Mr Johnson had attempted to sway those frustrated by the move.
As well as the National Insurance hike, there was anger at a scheme to place a lifetime cap of £86,000 on social care costs in England.
During Prime Minister’s questions, Mr Johnson tried to squash fears around the cap suggesting the insurance industry could protect people from having to sell their homes to pay for the cost of care.
Along with McVey, the other MPs who voted against their party leader were Sir Christopher Chope, Philip Davies, John Redwood and Dr Neil Hudson.
Another five, Jake Berry, Steve Baker, Dehenna Davison, Richard Drax and Sir Roger Gale also said they were deliberately abstaining.
Of the 248 who moved against the tax, 175 were Labour, 40 were SNP, 11 were Liberal Democrat and five were Conservative. In total 37 Conservative MPs did not record a vote.
GB News airs weekdays from 6am.
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