Conservatives at odds over income tax rises

The Prime Minister is insisting the Conservatives’ tax plans have not changed after senior members of the party pledged not to raise income tax on higher earners.

The Conservative 2017 manifesto did not rule out income tax rises for the wealthy, according to the FT.

But defence secretary Michael Fallon told the Telegraph that voting Conservative was “the only way” people could be certain income tax would not rise.

He said: “We’re not in the business of punishing people for getting on, on the contrary we want people to keep more of their earnings.

“The only way they can be sure their taxes won’t rise is to vote Conservative. We already know your tax will go up if you vote Labour on Thursday.”

Meanwhile foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the party had “absolutely no plans to raise income tax”.

In a statement, Theresa May said: “It is our firm intention to reduce taxes for ordinary working families.”

The Conservatives’ efforts to clear up their income tax stance follows May’s U-turn on long-term care funding.