The Tories will announce “rival manifestos” today.
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The Tories will announce “rival manifestos” today.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks during an interview with Nick Robinson in London.
Rishi Sunak promises big tax cuts in the Tory manifesto (Image: Reuters)

The Conservatives want to relaunch their flagship campaign with a manifesto containing a range of giveaways, including further cuts to income tax, National Insurance and an extension of child benefits.

Cabinet Office minister Mel Stride has vowed there will be “no tax rises” if the Tories win the election, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has stood by the disputed claim that Labor will raise household taxes by £2,000 a year if they take office.

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However, rebel Tories, including Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick, are reportedly planning their own “counter manifesto” in case the official one collapses, and they could announce it by calling an emergency press conference to announce it in the next few days.

The former cabinet minister said the rebel manifesto could be published if Sunak’s promises continue to fall short of voters’ expectations, adding: “We’ll just have to see what turns out.”

One Tory source said: “Sunak doesn’t want to leave. This is just language to appease the right wing. It’s signaling. There’s no way he wants a row within the government in the middle of a campaign, and some of his ministers are vehemently against it.

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Labor responded by saying Sunak was “taking people for fools” over his tax cut promises.

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