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Boris Johnson comes under more pressure to cut taxes as another Cabinet minister asks him to ease the burden on struggling Britons

BORIS Johnson will cut sky-high taxes on hardline Britons “in due course”, a top Cabinet minister announced today.

Promotions Minister Michael Gove said Number 10 must cut taxes “wherever we can” as families face a cost-of-living crisis.

Michael Gove said the Government should look to cut taxes

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Michael Gove said the Government should look to cut taxesCredit: 3
Lord Frost says PM must change course before next election

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Lord Frost says PM must change course before next electionCredit: PA

His remarks will add pressure on the Prime Minister to quickly ease the burden on struggling workers.

The great monster of the Cabinet has added its voice to a growing group of high-ranking Tories who have told the Prime Minister to cut taxes.

He said today: “There were choices that needed to be made. But in the end, we made those choices.

“We have committed to the public spending needed to generate economic growth.

“And since of course we’re going to get that economic growth, we’re also going to cut taxes.”

And he heeded the growing calls to Boris Scrap VAT on energy bills to help families in need.

The Prime Minister has so far resisted calls to do so, despite having hailed such a move as a key benefit of Brexit.

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For now, Mr Gove said, help would be “targeted to those who need it most” rather than lifting the burden on everyone.

But he added: “We should always find ways to cut taxes whenever we can. In my view, the more we can cut taxes the better.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants tax cuts to help spur economic growth out of the pandemic.

He was aided in his internal struggle with Number 10 by Lord Frost, who was popular among pro-Tory MPs.

Former Brexit Negotiator quit last month says he disagrees with the Government’s approach to Covid and taxes.

Yesterday, he warned Boris must quickly change strategy if he wants to win the next election in 2024.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “We need to get the country back to economic development and that means free markets, free debate and low taxes.

“People need to look at this country and think, yeah, something’s changing here. You have to navigate the way.”

Cost of living crisis

And today Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, a rising star in the party, said the PM must prioritize “smart government” over “big spending”.

Millions of Britons are facing a cost-of-living crisis due to rising inflation and energy bills.

Household electricity and gas bills are expected to rise by more than £600 a year in April when the energy price cap is updated.

Families in need will also have to spend up to £13.50 a week from April when National insurance increased by 1.25% effective.

It will see the tax burden on ordinary Britons rise to a 70-year high.

No 10 has defended the tax, insisting that the £12 billion it raises will help clear the NHS backlog caused by Covid and fix the social care system.

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Huynh Nguyen

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