British PM May refuses to rule out personal tax hikes after election

Conservatives have sought to damp down speculation they are planning tax rises if Theresa May is returned to power in the general election on June 8.

Speaking at an election campaign event in the West Midlands, the Prime Minister said voters faced a choice in the General Election between "lower taxes under the Conservatives or higher taxes under Labour".

Her comments came after Chancellor Philip Hammond hinted he would like to ditch the pledge, suggesting he needed more "flexibility" when it came to managing the economy.

Theresa May made a speech today at the Netherton Conservative Club in Dudley, and told reporters that in contrast, Labour's "natural instinct" was to raise tax.

"They will have a choice between a Conservative Party which always has been, is and will continue to be a party that believes in lower taxes, in keeping taxes down for ordinary working people".

"We were very clear about the need to support people in their old age, and that's exactly what we've done". There are even signs her team is anxious that voted aren't taking Labour's challenge seriously enough, with May warning supporters not to be "complacent".

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On Friday, May also reaffirmed a commitment to spend 0.7 percent of national income on foreign aid-a pillar of predecessor David Cameron's attempts to soften the image of the party-and failed to commit to uphold pension protections.

"What I would say to pensioners is, just look what the Conservatives in government have done", she said.

Amid concern among some Tories that expectations about the likely election result are getting out of hand - with predictions of a Conservative landslide - Mrs May said they still had to fight for every vote.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the chancellor was facing a £2bn gap in his budget following the government's decision not to go through with an increase in the rate of National Insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Jeremy Corbyn, campaigning in the north-west of England on Saturday, said Labour would be using its 500,000-strong grassroots membership - the largest of any of the main parties - to get its message out to voters.


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