Boris Johnson tonight secured MPs’ backing for his controversial £12 billion National Insurance tax raid to pay for health and social care.
MPs tonight voted 319 to 248 for a 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance for workers and employers.
Despite Labour opposition, the PM secured the majority in Parliament after whipping mutinous Tory colleagues into line.
Johnson hopes the tax increase, which breaks a Conservative manifesto pledge, will raise £12bn a year.
Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome voted against the plans.
On twitter earlier Ms Whittome said: “Tory MPs voted tonight for a “health and social care levy” – a tax hike that hits low paid workers hardest. The government is blaming COVID-19, but our social care system was broken before the pandemic because of Tory cuts.
Before the vote tonight, Sajid Javid was forced to insist the Conservatives are still a low-tax party – even though the tax burden on workers is due to reach the highest level in peacetime.
Labour had called for an amendment which would have seen Chancellor Rishi Sunak publish an impact assessment of the national insurance increase – but this was rejected by 335 votes to 243, majority 92.
The Opposition had asked for Mr Sunak to detail before April 2022 how the tax hike would affect jobs and businesses, and also the distributional impact of the measures on different income groups and regions.
Boris Johnson spent almost an hour before the vote addressing a private meeting of Tory MPs at Westminster.
The Prime Minister told the backbench 1922 Committee that the Conservatives remained the party of free enterprise, the private sector and ‘low taxation’.
‘We should never forget that,’ he said.