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Send the PM his P45 - 48 hours left to get rid of Boris Johnson and tackle cost of living emergency

May 2, 2022 11:06 PM

Ed Davey Badge ()The Liberal Democrats have said there are just 48 hours left to force Conservative MPs to get rid of Boris Johnson, so the country can focus on tackling the cost of living emergency.

The party said the local elections on Thursday, including those here in Newcastle, must act as a wake-up call for Conservative MPs to sack Boris Johnson, and step up help for families and pensioners facing soaring heating bills, rising food prices and unfair tax hikes.

The Liberal Democrats are proposing a cost of living rescue package to support families and pensioners across the UK. This would include:

Emergency tax cut: Slashing VAT to 17.5%, saving the average family £600 a year. The move would also keep inflation down by reducing prices in the shops.

Reversing planned tax rises: Scrapping the National Insurance tax hike and the freezing of Income Tax thresholds. This would save the average family £5,550 over the next decade.

Doubling the Warm Homes Discount: Doubling the Warm Homes Discount and expanding it to all those on Universal Credit, taking £300 off the heating bills of around 7.5 million vulnerable and low income households.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: "There are just 48 hours left before voters across the UK can help us get rid of Boris Johnson and give our great country the decent leadership it deserves so we can help people through the cost of living emergency.

"Millions of families are on the brink and desperately need help now but instead they are being clobbered by the Conservatives' unfair tax hikes. The Government should be stepping up to save families and pensioners yet Boris Johnson is too busy trying to save his own skin with his Government deep in endless sleaze and scandal.

"The local elections on Thursday are an opportunity for voters to force Conservative MPs to wake up and smell the coffee. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats in Newcastle and elsewhere will send a clear message that Johnson must go and that people need more help with soaring bills.

"We are demanding a fair deal, with an emergency tax cut to save families £600, along with extra support for the more vulnerable - and a P45 for the Prime Minister."