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Treasury unease over fears of No 10 U-turn on national insurance hike

Embattled PM may scrap policy to win support of rightwing Tory MPs and save his job over alleged lockdown parties

The Treasury is becoming increasingly alarmed that Boris Johnson may be preparing to scrap the national insurance rise in a desperate attempt to placate rightwing Tory MPs as he fights to save his job.

The Guardian understands Rishi Sunak has privately stressed to MPs that the tax rise must go ahead as planned – with one frontbencher who has met him in recent days speculating the chancellor’s position could become untenable, if Johnson seeks to overrule him.

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