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Esther McVey, Conservative MP and GB News presenter, asked Boris Johnson about the growing cost of living crisis. She asked: “The cost of living is going to be the biggest issue going forward. It’s going to get worse and for some of us Tories we would have said, what can we do to help people with the Cost of life?”

“We would have reduced taxes, reduced VAT on fuel. You chose not to, why?

“Why don’t you lower taxes and eliminate VAT?” »

Mr Johnson said: ‘You just saw the spring return was the biggest tax cut.

“If you take together what Rishi did on the mixed thresholds, it’s fulfilling a promise I made in 2019.”

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Ms McVey added: ‘But some of us even question raising the NI threshold.

Mr Johnson continued: ‘If you increase the NI threshold it stops people paying it. So we’ve increased it from £9,000 to £12,000 and it takes 70 per cent of National Insurance taxpayers to obtain a tax reduction accordingly.

“It was literally the biggest tax cut in 10 years.”

In the interview, Mr Johnson went on to say it would be ‘irresponsible’ to rule out further lockdowns if more deadly variants of coronavirus emerge.

“I think it would be irresponsible for any leader of any democracy to say they’re going to rule out something that can save lives.

“I believe the things we’ve done have saved lives. I have to be absolutely frank with you, there could be a new, more deadly variant, there could be a variant that affects children, that we really need to contain, I’m not going to remove all options from the table, but I don’t think that will happen.

“We are now in the phase where the virus globally loses potency and we have a massively vaccinated UK population.”

Research from the UK Health Surveillance Agency indicates that the overall Covid-19 hospital admission rate for England reached 20.5 per 100,000 people in the week ending April 3 .

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