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Northampton South MP says high-earner taxation is too strict

Northampton South MP Brian Binley has written an open letter to the Prime Minster calling on him to address the upper-rate tax threshold in the next session of Parliament.

Northampton South MP Brian Binley has written an open letter to the Prime Minster calling on him to address the upper-rate tax threshold in the next session of Parliament.

Northampton South MP Brian Binley has made pleas to the Prime Minister to raise the upper-rate income tax threshold as part of an open letter sent to Downing Street this week.

The Conservative MP sent the document to David Cameron to coincide with the premier’s return from a holiday in Cornwall.

In it, Mr Binley outlined a number of ‘priorities’ for the Prime Minister to address during the next session of Parliament, ranging from policies on community cohesion, the European Union re-negotiations and immigration.

On the subject of taxation he called for an increase in the threshold for upper-rate income tax payers.

He said: “The level of the threshold has created a fiscal drag which is suffocating those never envisaged to be included in paying the upper rate at the time it was set.

“I hope that you can promise a rise in the threshold for upper rate income tax payers shortly.”

Mr Binley, who is due to step down at the next general election, also pressed the Prime Minister on the issue of immigration.

“Public disquiet with levels of immigration has some parallels with the dissatisfaction felt against those who regarded a life on benefits as a legitimate option,” he said. “Our pledge to bring levels of immigration to within tens of thousands has been beset with difficulties, in large part because we do not have adequate command of the levers that will make this happen.”

Promoting a solution, Mr Binley calls for each EU member state to be able to determine its own ‘cap’ on migrant numbers.

He wrote: “Unless we establish some mechanism to control immigration from the European Union, any promises on the subject could appear hollow. It is clear that Labour, in government, were cynical in encouraging immigration; in opposition, they lack the will to make the case for anything substantively different from the status quo.”

But concluding the letter, the Northampton South MP took the opportunity to lambast former premier, Tony Blair, for leaving the country with a ‘toxic legacy’.

He said: “Being bold takes courage.

“But bringing our country back together and healing the wounds caused by a Prime Minister betraying Parliament and the country more than a decade ago, will be a bigger challenge.”

 

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