Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Wins Tory Backing with Call to Cut Taxes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Wins Tory Backing with Call to Cut Taxes

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

TORY MPs today backed Boris Johnson's call for the Chancellor to show how he will cut personal taxes.

Mr Johnson has urged George Osborne to "set a course" for lower personal taxes and demanded a "real effort of political will" to move away from Labour's fiscal regime.

He said: "Can we endlessly go on with a tax rate that is higher than not just America and Japan but also France, Germany and Italy? We need to set a course for low tax." He suggested the Chancellor may address the calls for lower taxes in the March Budget.

Today Edward Leigh, former chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, said: "Taxation is far too high in this country." He stressed that the road to recovery lay in "lowering taxation to get people more money in their pockets".

Mark Field, Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, added: "Boris Johnson is right to identify that lower taxation has got to be part of our overall growth strategy. …

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