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Boris Johnson ‘sells off the North’ to protect London millionaires, says Angela Rayner

Deputy Labor leader to launch fierce attack on Tories’ welfare ‘scam’ and Northern Powerhouse Rail cut

Boris Johnson “sells the North” to protect millionaires in London and the South East, will claim deputy Labor chief Angela Rayner in a meteoric attack on the Prime Minister.

Speaking at the party’s North West conference from Blackpool on Saturday, the senior politician will tackle the government’s ‘con’ welfare reforms, scaling back high-speed rail plans for the North and the breaking of the triple lockdown of pensions.

Ms Rayner, who represents Ashton in Greater Manchester, will say that the government’s rail plan is a “betrayal of trust, a betrayal of promises made to our communities and a betrayal of the North”, proving that “the power station of the North is a lie “.

It comes after MPs backed social service reform, meaning two-thirds of the poorest homeowners in the North will pay more for their care, while London and the South East will feel no impact.

The change means subsidized care will not count towards the maximum lifetime of £ 86,000.

Labor say homeowners with high care needs but property valued under £ 186,000 will be hit by higher costs, while those with homes worth more will not be affected.

Ms Rayner called the move a “dementia tax for workers and a northern dementia tax”, adding that ministers “are forcing retirees in the North to sell their homes to protect millionaires in their mansions. in London and the South East “and” rob Ashton to protect Ashford “.

Boris Johnson speaks during a visit to the Network Rail hub in Gascoigne Wood as the government announces its integrated rail plan



“The government’s health and social services bill is not a plan – it’s a welfare scam,” she should say. “It’s a tax on dementia for the North and the poorest in our society. It will force retirees in the North and retirees with the lowest incomes and the less wealthy to sell their homes. And ministers are doing it to protect millionaires in their mansions in London and the South East.

“This scam will hit people living in houses worth less than £ 186,000.” There are 107 constituencies in the north of England where the average house price is below £ 186,000. There are 0 of them in London and the South East.

“So let’s call it that. It is about a right of inheritance on the North. This is an inheritance tax on the poorest retirees to protect the wealth of millionaires.

“A retiree in my riding who has worked his entire life to pay off his mortgage will lose almost everything he owns and has worked so hard his entire life. But a millionaire in a mansion in Richmond or Surrey will lose less than 9% of their home’s value. “It’s robbing Ashton to protect Ashford and hammering Hyde to help Henley.”

The government said the Tories pushed through long-needed welfare reforms and say many will benefit from the cap.

Ms. Rayner will also attack the government for ignoring northerners struggling with rail infrastructure that is still “stuck in the last century.”

It comes after it was confirmed that the integrated rail plan saw the scrapping of a high-speed rail line between Manchester and Leeds.

“The government’s rail plan is a betrayal of trust, a betrayal of promises made to our communities and a betrayal of the North,” said Keir Starmer’s deputy.

“This plan is a shameful sale. Boris Johnson has proven that the North Power Plant is a lie. We were promised it 7 years ago and it has been announced more than 60 times in press releases since.

“Only the Conservatives would call a train line that stops on this side of the Pennines a Trans Pennine line. It’s as if the Eurostar stops in Dover and then you board a Pacer train across the Channel.

“I am a proud Manc, but I am also a proud Northerner and the North comes out outside the M60 ring road.” This could be news for the Chancellor.

“He’s still on the ‘B’ page of his AZ, trying to tell the difference between Burnley and Bury.“ Leeds have been forgotten, but so have Lancashire. Cumbria too. Our Northwestern towns too.

“We’ve heard a lot about the reduction in travel times to London. But what about connecting the cities of East Lancashire and Cumbria to Manchester. What about connecting our towns and small towns with our “central cities” like Leeds, Liverpool or Newcastle? “

Ministers said the £ 96 billion integrated rail plan was a huge investment in infrastructure.

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