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Boris Johnson wins Commons vote on national insurance hike

MPs back government plan to increase tax to pay for NHS and social care by by 319 votes to 248

Plans to hike national insurance contributions (NICs) to fund £12bn for the NHS and social care have been passed by the Commons, with Boris Johnson spared a mass Tory rebellion.

After springing a vote on MPs with just 24 hours’ notice in a bid to stymie a backlash from his own backbenchers, the government won comfortably by 319 votes to 248.

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