Theresa May denies breaking election tax promise over National Insurance as 100 Tory MPs prepare to join Budget rebellion

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‘Theresa May has rejected accusations that she had broken a manifesto pledge on tax rises as she faced a growing rebellion from Tory MPs.

The Prime Minister refused to back down over the controversial rise in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, but announced a series of concessions to buy time before the policy faces a Commons vote.

Senior Conservatives including a minister and Government whip denounced the key pillar of Philip Hammond’s Budget and said they would seek to overturn it when it comes before Parliament.’

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