Northern Tory MPs will today warn Boris Johnson that he must cut taxes or risk losing Red Wall party seats.
The prime minister will travel to Doncaster to attend a Northern Research Group (NRG) conference of backbench Tories.
In a speech, the group’s chairman, Jake Berry, told him, “It’s time to stop talking about being the low-tax party, it’s time to be the low-tax government.”
It will ask the decentralized town halls of the North to be empowered to reduce local taxes, promoting competition between regions.
MPs met Chancellor Rishi Sunak last night to impress on him the need to cut taxes. The NRG is a group of 50 MPs advocating for greater investment in the North. In his speech, Mr. Berry will call for an end to the “preservation of Southern privilege”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be told he must allow local authorities to cut taxes, or risk losing seats in the North by a group of his MPs
Northern Research Group (NRG) chairman Jake Berry will also speak to Boris Johnson about increased spending in the North
He will unveil the main proposals that the government can adopt to ensure the survival of conservatism in the North, as well as the majority of the conservatives.
Mr Berry will say that the “defining missions of our government” should be to level the country and meet the needs of everyone, everywhere, to fight regional and local inequalities that unfairly hold back communities and to encourage sector investment private across the UK.
“You can’t do radical long-term missions without radical long-term funding. That is why we are proposing a race-to-the-top formula that will deliver what the Conservative Party promised for generations to come.
The first of the NRG’s proposals, the ‘leveling formula’, will seek a fairer deal for all parts of the UK.
Pointing out that spending in London per capita is 15% higher than the government average, Mr Berry will say: ‘A leveling up formula…would benefit the whole of the UK.’
“It would see more money spent in the North but also, in Cornwall, the South West and the Midlands. It’s a northern idea that will truly unite and level our entire nation.
A second proposal calls for “devo-max government,” a plan that would let local areas take the power to cut taxes, dictate housing needs and set stamp duty rates.
Mr Berry will say: “We need broad tax freedoms – conservative freedoms and the freedom to cut taxes. There are almost as many people living in Greater Manchester as in Wales – yet Wales has the power over taxes, while Greater Manchester does not.