Steve Baker calls for new PM to cut taxes immediately as backs 'true blue' Tory for leader


Speaking in a video interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Baker said: “I made a speech in the House of Commons saying that the Conservative Party is the wrong place heading in the wrong direction [over the National Insurance rise].

“The reason for that is we have some age related problems and we are not going to solve that by raising taxes on working people. We have got to grow the economy.

“High taxes are more counterproductive at the moment than doing good.

“I am really determined that however difficult it may be, we must rise to the challenge of our age and create a brighter, more prosperous, freer future for everyone, especially the young and we are not going to do that by raising taxes on people.”

Asked when they should come, Mr Baker insisted that a new Prime Minister should not wait hinting strongly at an emergency Budget.

He said: “I would like to see tax cuts immediately, that’s because I think tax at the current levels is doing more harm than good.

“So, I would like to see tax cuts straight away.

“That will have to involve hard choices, but it is the right thing to do for everybody in this country.”

He has declined to back another Brexiteer Rishi Sunak, who resigned last week as Chancellor, but is blamed by many MPs for the country spending too much and taxes going up instead of down.

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He made is clear as well that if Ms Braverman wins, he would like a job like Chief Whip organising MPs.

He said: ““People will know that my history is one of organising things and working to serve other people. That is where I would like to go.”

Looking back on Mr Johnson’s Premiership he said it would be remembered as “historic.”

Mr Baker said: “Boris Johnson was a historic Prime Minister. He saved us from a hard left government which would have ruined us for generations. Corbyn and MacDonnell would have been an utter disaster.

“He also took us out of the EU. Now we have to finish the job with the Northern Ireland protocol and divergence from EU regulations. But those are historic achievements.

“He saved this country, rescued our constitution and rescued the Conservative Party.

“I am very sad indeed that Boris, who I backed so hard, had to end his Premiership in this way but we now have to look to the future.”



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