UK news: Keir Starmer wants tax cuts for workers and no Swiss-style Brexit deal

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Sir Keir Starmer has said he wants to see lower taxes for working people and ruled out a Swiss style Brexit trade with Great Britain under a Labor government.

The Opposition Leader said the current tax burden – the highest sustained level since the Second World War – is “anti-Conservative stuff”.

“I want taxes to go down for working people,” he said The telegraph‘s Chopper’s politics podcast.

“They’ve been really clawed back time and time again, whether it’s on income tax, whether it’s national insurance or council tax or the stealth tax thresholds, wherever you look.”

Labor’s leader would also not pursue a Swiss-style relationship with the EU, amid reports – denied by No 10 – that this was being weighed up behind closed doors in Whitehall.

In other news, Jeremy Hunt has insisted he does not believe Brexit will make Britain poorer and rejected his own economic watchdog’s forecast of a 4 per cent fall in GDP.

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Starmer rules out a Swiss deal with the EU

Sir Keir Starmer also told the podcast that he would not pursue a Swiss relationship with the EU.

It follows reports – denied by No 10 – that this was being weighed up behind closed doors in Whitehall.

“I went to Switzerland and studied that model and I didn’t want to do a Swiss model,” the Labor leader said.

But he said the current deal is “not good enough”.

Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 12:33 p.m

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Starmer says working people ‘beat time again’

Sir Keir Starmer has called the current tax burdens “anti-Conservative stuff”.

“I want taxes to go down for working people,” he said The telegraph‘s Chopper’s politics podcast.

“They’ve been really clawed back time and time again, whether it’s on income tax, whether it’s national insurance or council tax or stealth tax caps, wherever you look,” he said.

But the Labor leader added that it was “very important” that “we don’t make promises we can’t keep”.

Labour’s leader says he wants lower taxes for working people

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Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 12:06 p.m

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Work plan for combating violence against women

Sir Keir Starmer has tweeted his plan to tackle violence against women and girls:

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The most vulnerable areas experience the biggest cuts in the cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis is weighing heavily on people living in the most deprived areas of England, new official data has revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey revealed divisions across the country in how people are being affected by higher living costs.

People living in the most deprived areas of England were more likely to report spending less on food and essentials, at 58 per cent, compared with a third of those living in the most deprived areas who said so.

Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 11:32 am

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Starmer wants ‘lower tax on working people’

Sir Keir Starmer has said he wants to cut taxes for working people and ruled out a Swiss deal with Brussels as he vowed to fight the next election on the economy.

Talking to The telegraph‘s Chopper’s Politics podcast, he said Labour’s offer will be to “stabilise and grow our economy”, stressing that “everything hinges on that”.

He said he would like to see “lower taxes on working people” but declined to “outline our manifesto now”.

Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 11:14 am

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James Cleverly in Ukraine

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the President of Ukraine today:

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What was the OBR forecast?

Here’s a reminder of what the OBR forecast last year, as Jeremy Hunt was asked on Sky News:

Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 10:31 am

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“No one supports strikes,” says Labour’s shadow secretary

Anneliese Dodds said “nobody supports strikes” when asked if Labor supports nurses walking out.

Pressed for a “yes or no” answer to the question, she told Sky News: “Strikes indicate that negotiations have not taken place, that they have not been serious.

“This is going to be bad for nurses because they’re going to lose a day’s pay, obviously, and it’s going to have that impact on patients.

“So it’s wrong that nurses have been driven to this stage and it’s wrong that the Conservative government hasn’t sat down with those nurses to prevent this.”

Anneliese Dodds says strikes will be ‘bad for nurses’ (Yui Mok/PA)

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Zoe TidmanNovember 25, 2022 10:13 am

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Reminder: Truss moved to scrap ban on onshore wind farms in No. 10

Liz Truss had moved to reverse the ban in the mini-budget before she resigned. Here’s a reminder:

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Onshire wind farm ban ‘costs billions’

Earlier this month, Labor claimed the government’s ban on new onshore wind farms is costing the country billions of pounds in higher energy taxes.

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 09:45

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