AN ANDOVER councillor has slammed the town’s MP over his decision to vote against a proposed emergency tax cut.

Earlier this month in the House of Commons, more than 300 Conservative MPs voted against the measures put forward by the Liberal Democrats to cut VAT from 20 per cent to 17.5 per cent.

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to immediately bring in an emergency tax cut to help families facing soaring inflation and rising prices. The party is also calling for a windfall tax on the massive profits of oil and gas companies, to fund extra support for the most vulnerable families.

The party said the proposal would save families an average of £600 each and would reduce inflation by keeping prices down in the shops. However, it was blocked after the Conservatives voted it down.

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Andover Town councillor Luigi Gregori, who is also the Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for North West Hampshire, slammed Conservative MP Kit Malthouse for voting against the tax cut.

Cllr Gregori said: “People are struggling with skyrocketing energy bills and rising food and fuel prices.

“But the Conservatives have done nothing to help, and instead have blocked our calls for an emergency tax cut. Families and pensioners in Andover deserve better than Kit Malthouse, who voted against tax cuts put forward by the Lib Dems.

“The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a better deal for communities being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative government. Our plans for a VAT cut would put money back into people’s pockets and boost spending in our high streets to support the economy.”

Mr Malthouse did not respond to the Advertiser’s request for comment.

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