Influential Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin has called for tax hikes to pay for billions of pounds more spending on social care.
Mr Letwin’s comments, which came at the Tories’ Manchester Party Conference, followed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s speech in which he refused to rule out tax rises, the Daily Mail reported.
When asked about extra spending, the Tory MP said: “Yes, I think in the case of social care for the elderly and the NHS, which are the guts of the argument at the moment about public services and incredibly important to millions of people in this country.
“The fact is we aren’t spending enough on social care at the moment. That is causing severe strain to the NHS.
“I don’t believe we should try to fund that through massive extra borrowing. I think we should be willing to raise taxes somewhat to do that.”
The intervention came after the Chancellor told Radio 4 Today: “We will have to be prepared to support the economy during this difficult period.”