Belfast Telegraph

Labour make a National Insurance pledge for election

By Andrew Woodcock

Labour has countered David Cameron's pledge not to increase Vat if the Conservatives win the general election, with its own promise not to raise National Insurance.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said the promise would be included in the Labour manifesto - which would also include pledges not to raise the main rate of Vat or the basic or higher rates of income tax.

His announcement came less than two hours after the Prime Minister shocked the House of Commons by ruling out a VAT rise for the full five years of a Tory government - which Labour leader Ed Miliband insisted voters would not believe.

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