Labour has hidden spending plans that will mean increased taxes, says Mark Harper

Labour has hidden spending plans that will mean increased taxes, says Mark Harper
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 16/06/2024

- 10:19

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has claimed that the Labour Party has plans for additional public spending that are not declared in its manifesto and will inevitably lead to tax increases.

He told Camilla Tominey on GB News: “A record number of people, I think 44% of the electorate haven't yet made up their minds about who they're going to vote for.

“It's exactly the reason why we come on shows like yours to make the case about a Conservative government with the programme that we've set out for lower taxes, dealing with migration, a fully costed programme for government and in fact, Labour let the cat out the bag this morning.

“The programmes that Wes Streeting was on - he’s let the cat out of the bag that there's more Labour's spending coming that's not in the manifesto.

“He said the manifesto is effectively a document to get them through an election campaign and that means only one thing, it means what we've been saying is correct which is you vote Labour there are unfunded spending promises and that can only mean more taxes on hard-working families.

“We've costed that at £2,000 for an average family over the parliament and I don't think your viewers can afford that sort of tax burden.

He continued: “We're now in a position where we can cut taxes in a sustainable way and we're the only party that can win this election that’s setting that out.

“Under Labour, there's going to be more spending, more taxes. For example, just this morning, they haven't ruled out increasing council tax bands and revaluing people's properties.

“We know they want to do that in Wales where Labour has been in power for 25 years. They're currently legislating to revalue people's properties and increase town council tax bands.

“They haven't ruled out doing that in England, a massive increase for working families, and we have ruled out doing either of those things.”

On whether Boris Johnson should be on the campaign trail, Harper said: “I'm very happy for every Conservative who wants us to win to get out there and campaign for the Conservative Party.

“Anyone who wants us to win, I’m very happy to have them on the campaign trail campaigning for votes. That's what every Conservative should be doing…every Conservative should get involved in that and I'm very happy to see all of them on the campaign trail.”


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