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Budget 2021: Tax rises slammed by Andrew Neil

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Our poll comes as a new survey by Savanta ComRes for the Daily Mail put Labour six points ahead of the Conservatives.

The results, in which the Tories dropped four points and Sir Keir Starmer’s party jumped five since a similar poll a week ago, are based on a survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK, conducted on Thursday and Friday.

YouGov polling published in The Times on Friday and carried out this week also suggested the Tories had lost their lead.

The survey’s findings put the Tories and Labour neck and neck on 35 percent of the vote share.

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A separate poll by Redfield & Wilton Strategies on Wednesday put Labour two points ahead of Mr Johnson’s party.

The blow to the Tories comes after the Government was criticised over the handling of the Owen Paterson affair.

The Prime Minister was forced into a humiliating U-turn earlier this month over plans to prevent the former Cabinet minister’s immediate suspension for an alleged breach of lobbying rules by launching a review of the entire disciplinary system.

Mr Paterson resigned hours later, saying he wanted to leave the “cruel world of politics”.

In the wake of the debacle, there have been a series of revelations about MPs’ second jobs and homes.

The YouGov poll found two-thirds of voters viewed the Tories as “very sleazy” following the negative headlines.

It comes after Rishi Sunak last month unveiled a Budget that increases taxation and spending to levels not seen for decades.

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On top of previously announced increases in corporate and personal taxation, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the Budget would leave the overall tax burden at its highest since the final period of Clement Attlee’s post-war Labour administration 70 years ago.

The OBR also said the plans will take public spending to the highest share of the economy since the late 1970s, before Margaret Thatcher took power for the Tories.

The Chancellor attempted to reassure Tory MPs that he aims to cut taxes before the next election.

Mr Sunak said: “By the end of this Parliament, I want taxes to be going down not up.”

The Budget follows the Government’s decision to increase national insurance contributions by 1.25 percentage points from April to help fund the NHS and social care.

It also came after previously announced hikes in corporation tax rates.

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