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Labour Accuses Sunak of Misrepresentation Regarding Tax Plans in Election Debate

Labour Accuses Sunak of Misrepresentation Regarding Tax Plans in Election Debate

Labour Accuses Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Deception Over Tax Claims in Pre-Election Debate

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leveled accusations against Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, asserting that he lied during a pre-election debate by claiming that Labour would increase taxes by £2,000 ($2,554.40) for each family. Sunak, whose Conservative Party faces challenges in opinion polls ahead of the July 4 vote, repeatedly used this figure during Tuesday’s television debate with Labour leader Keir Starmer.

The Conservative Party had previously released what they claimed were “formal Treasury and independent costings” of Labour policies, revealing a supposed £38.5 billion deficit over the next four years if Labour wins the election. Labour disputed this assertion, emphasizing a letter from the top official at Britain’s finance ministry, as reported by the BBC, which stated that civil servants were not involved in producing or presenting the costing and it should not be considered an official estimate.

Rachel Reeves, Labour’s top economic policy official, highlighted this letter and accused the prime minister of lying during the debate. Reeves affirmed that Labour has ruled out increases in income tax rates and social security contributions over the next parliament. When questioned by broadcasters about why Starmer did not respond more swiftly during the debate, Reeves reiterated that Starmer clearly stated that the prime minister’s claims were “utter garbage” and went further by asserting that the prime minister lied about Labour’s tax plans.

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