London Mayor Boris Johnson joins the Bishops bandwagon in the House of Lords to block the Tory move to cut the tax credits….reports Asian Lite News
The London mayor says government changes ‘bear down on the working poor.’
His remarks will stir a Tory rebellion as Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are firm on their plans to g oahead with the cuts.
This Boris revolt will add more pressure on Osborne as Molly Meacher, the Labour peer, said she will table a so-called fatal motion in the Lords next Monday – a rarely-used means of blocking a statutory instrument that implements the controversial cuts to tax credits.
Baroness Meacher confirmed to BBC Radio 4’s World at One on Monday afternoon that she planned to introduce the motion.
She added that Bishops in the Lords were “very deeply concerned” and would “want to support a rethink” of Osborne’s plan. Asked if the Bishops would support her motion, she said: “That’s my understanding.”
George Osborne, the chancellor, is due to meet Tory backbenchers over the issue on Monday before a Commons debate on Tuesday in which Labour will try to persuade Tory MPs to rebel.
Osborne will be furious that Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and one of his likely rivals for the party leadership, is continuing to raise an issue at a time when Osborne is working hard to quell talk of a backbench revolt and suggestions that he has made a political misjudgment on the scale of the poll tax or Gordon Brown’s 10p tax band.
Johnson said he was sure the Treasury was working on a proposal to minimise the impact of the cuts, to be implemented next April, even though the Treasury insisted it was not.
Osborne has said the cuts to working tax credits are necessary to bring the deficit under control and has produced figures to show it will be wealthier people on tax credits that will be most affected. The issue was thrown back into the headlines when a former Tory voter, Michelle Dorrell, appeared on BBC Question Time to say she would not be able to make ends meet due to the cuts. Subsequently, it has been claimed she would not lose out because of her low level of earnings.