8 Sep 2021

Johnson wins vote on new 1.25% health and social care levy

Political Editor

MPs have voted to back the government’s £14 billion tax rise to fund extra spending on the NHS and social care.

In what looked like a political role reversal, Boris Johnson led his Conservative MPs to vote in favour of higher taxes, while Labour was against.

Their leader Sir Keir Starmer said the increase in national insurance was unfair, and would neither fix social care nor clear the NHS backlog.