UK news: Keir Starmer wants worker tax cuts and no Swiss-style Brexit deal

Related: Keir Starmer says Tories ‘always clobber working people’ during PMQs

Sir Keir Starmer has said he wants to see lower taxes for working people and ruled out a Swiss-style Brexit deal with the UK under a Labor government.

The opposition leader said the current tax burden – the highest sustained level since the Second World War – is “anti-Conservative stuff”.

“I want taxes to come down for working people,” he said The Telegraph‘s Chopper’s Politics podcast.

“They’ve been really clobbered time and time again, whether that’s on income tax, whether it’s national insurance or council tax or the stealth tax thresholds, everywhere you look.”

Labour’s leader also he would not pursue a Swiss-style relationship with the EU, amid reports – denied by No 10 – this was being weighed up behind closed doors in Whitehall.

In other news, Jeremy Hunt has insisted he does not believe Brexit will make the UK poorer and rejected his own economic watchdog’s forecast of a 4 percent GDP slump.

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Starmer rules out Swiss-style deal with EU

Sir Keir Starmer also told the podcast he would not pursue a Swiss-style relationship with the EU.

It follows reports – denied by No 10 – that this was being weighed up behind closed doors in Whitehall.

“I went to Switzerland and studied that model and I wouldn’t do a Swiss model,” the Labor leader said.

But he said the current deal “isn’t good enough”.

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 12:33

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Starmer says working people ‘clobbered time again’

Sir Keir Starmer has called the current tax burdens “anti-Conservative stuff”.

“I want taxes to come down for working people,” he said The Telegraph‘s Choppers Politics podcast.

“They’ve been really clobbered time and time again, whether that’s on income tax, whether it’s national insurance or council tax or the stealth tax thresholds, everywhere you look,” he said.

But the Labor leader added it was “very important” that “we don’t make promises we can’t keep”.

Labour’s leader says he wants lower tax for working people

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Labour’s leader says he wants lower taxes for working people

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Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 12:06

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Labor plan for tackling violence against women

Sir Keir Starmer has tweeted his plan to tackle violence against women and girls:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 12:00

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Most deprived areas see biggest cutbacks in cost of living crisis

The cost-of-living crisis is weighing more heavily on people living in the most deprived areas of England, new official data has revealed.

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) survey exposed divisions across the country in terms of how people are being affected by higher living costs.

People living in the most deprived areas of England more frequently reported spending less on food and essentials, at 58 percent, compared with a third of those living in the least deprived areas who said so.

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 11:32

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Starmer wants ‘lower tax on working people’

Sir Keir Starmer has said he wants to cut taxes for working people and ruled out a Swiss-style deal with Brussels as he vowed to fight the next election on the economy.

Speaking to The Telegraph‘s Chopper’s Politics podcast, he said Labour’s offer will be to “stabilise and grow our economy”, stressing that “everything hangs off that”.

He said he would like to see “lower tax on working people”, but declined to “spell out our manifesto now”.

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 11:14

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James Cleverly in Ukraine

The foreign secretary has met with Ukraine’s president today:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 10:44

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What was the OBR forecast?

Here is a reminder of what the OBR forecast last year, which Jeremy Hunt was asked about on Sky News:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 10:31

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‘No one supports strikes,’ Labor shadow secretary says

Anneliese Dodds said “no one supports strikes” when asked if Labor backs nurses walking out.

Pressed for a “yes or no” answer to the question, she told Sky News: “Strikes indicate that negotiations haven’t taken place, that they haven’t been serious.

“This is going to be bad for nurses because they’ll be losing a day’s pay, obviously, and it’s going to have that impact on patients.

“So it’s wrong that nurses have been driven to this stage and it’s wrong that the Conservative government has not been sitting down with those nurses to avert this.”

Anneliese Dodds says strikes will be ‘bad for nurses’ (Yui Mok/PA)

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Anneliese Dodds says strikes will be ‘bad for nurses’ (Yui Mok/PA)

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Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 10:13

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Reminder: Truss moved to scrap onshore windfarm ban in No 10

Liz Truss had moved to reverse the ban in the mini-Budget before she resigned. Here is a reminder:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 09:57

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Onshire wind farm ban ‘costing billions’

Earlier this month, Labor claimed the government ban on new onshore wind farms is costing the country billions of pounds in higher energy charges.

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 09:45

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