Josh Buckland on Boris Johnson's future with tax and energy hikes
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Lord Frost, who shocked the Government with his resignation last month, warned instant change is now essential. With the polls now showing the Tories behind Labour, the former Brexit minister said there must be “machinery changes” within the Government to win over the public. Lord Frost also warned the Prime Minister must focus on rebuilding the country as Britons face surging living costs.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, he said: “What I think we need to do is be clearer about the direction of travel, clearer about how we’re going to get there.
“And I think the PM should trust his instincts a bit more.
“The PM has a right, when he wants something to happen, for the levers that he pulls to actually produce something.
“And he has the right to the best possible advice around him.
“So I think there needs to be machinery changes and there probably need to be some different voices around him to make sure that he gets the best possible advice.
“I think we need to focus on rebuilding the nation and be proud of our history.
“We need to get the country going economically again and that means free markets, free debate and low taxes.
“People need to look at this country and think, yes, something is changing here.
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“You’ve got to set the direction of travel. If we’re going to get out of this little trough and win the Election in a couple of years’ time, then we’ve got to develop that.”
Lord Frost resigned from his post as Brexit minister, citing the wave of tax increases and Covid restrictions put in place.
His resignation also came as the Prime Minister faced allegations that Covid restrictions were broken multiple times at the end of 2020.
Second Permanent Secretary, Sue Gray, is investigating five alleged events which were held between November and December 2020.
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Cabinet Secretary Simon Case did lead the inquiry before recusing himself after it emerged an event had been held at his department – although he was not present.
Tory MPs also fear they may lose public support as the cost of living surges this year.
Britons will now face increased council tax prices, national insurance payments and energy prices which are set to soar in April.
Industry insiders have urged the Government to take action ahead of the increase in the energy price cap in April.
Due to this, the Labour Party has now moved six points ahead of the Tories according to its latest poll.
In the poll published on December 22, the Labour stands at 36 points with the Tories in second, on 30.
On October 28, the Tories had been leading in the polls on 37 before plummeting last month.
The fieldwork for the poll was conducted between December 19-20 and asked 1,790 people.
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