We all want to see an NHS and social care system that’s properly funded, so we can ensure high-quality services and dignity in care for every family and person in St Helens North and across our country.

But Boris Johnson’s manifesto-breaching, unfair and economically damaging Tory plan simply isn’t the way to achieve that.

This is the biggest tax hike on working families for 50 years, and it hits many key workers, low earners and young people hard, leaving many exposed to a double whammy of rising taxes and £1000 cut per year to their Universal Credit.

And it does nothing to address the NHS backlog, nor to fix the social care crisis that’s been allowed to worsen under the Conservatives. People may still be forced to sell their home to pay for care, while our care workers who have been long under-valued and under-paid by this Government receive nothing.

Labour is clear that we will oppose this unfair Tory jobs tax because we want to see world-class care for all those who need it, with those with the broadest shoulders paying their share to fund it first.

Read my full comment and more about this story in the St Helens Star: https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/19567858.manifesto-breaching-unfair-economically-damaging—st-helens-mp-condemns-governments-national-insurance-rise/

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