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UK politics: Starmer says Labour will not back plan to raise national insurance to fund social care – live

Labour leader says increasing national insurance ‘hits low earners, young people and businesses’

  • Keir Starmer rules out supporting national insurance rise

Good morning. I hope you all had a good summer.

The first week in September always tends to be a hectic time at Westminster. MPs return anxious to implement all the ideas they have been mulling over while on holiday, there is a stack of issues backed up because parliament has been in recess and the looming party conference season means the senior figures are under particular pressure to firm up some announcements.

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We do need more investment in the NHS and social care but national insurance, this way of doing it, simply hits low earners, it hits young people and it hits businesses.

We don’t agree that is the appropriate way to do it. Do we accept that we need more investment? Yes we do. Do we accept that NI is the right way to do it? No we don’t.

Related: Keir Starmer rules out supporting national insurance rise

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