December 6, 2019

Boris Johnson wins the BBC Leaders’ Debate

Commenting on the BBC leaders' debate, Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, said:

“Tonight, Jeremy Corbyn once again demonstrated an abject failure of leadership. His repeated unwillingness to set out a clear position on Brexit means he has no credibility on anything else.  A vote for Labour, or any of the other parties, is a vote for more dither and delay leaving our country stuck in neutral.
“With Corbyn in No10 propped up by Nicola Sturgeon and a hung parliament which remains gridlocked and broken, politicians would continue to argue over Brexit for years to come, with 2020 lost to the chaos of another two referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence. On top of this Corbyn’s reckless economic ideas would leave every taxpayer paying £2,400 more every year, and his weakness on security would put the British people at risk.
“Only a majority Conservative Government can stop the chaos, end the uncertainty and get Brexit done. We will unleash our country’s potential delivering the change people voted for in the referendum, investing in people’s priorities like building 40 new hospitals, putting 20,000 more police on our streets and investing in our schools all whilst keeping taxes low.”
Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)