Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, will … come close to accusing David Cameron of lying during the general election campaign, when the prime minister said he had no plans to cut child tax credits.
Corbyn will highlight the prime minister’s remarks, made in a special general election edition of Question Time on 30 April, when Cameron said that child tax credits had increased by £450 under his government, adding: “That’s not going to fall.” Just over two months later George Osborne announced in the summer budget that tax credits and universal credit will be limited to the first two children from April 2017.
The new Labour leader, who is to launch a campaign highlighting the impact of the government’s cuts to tax credits, said: “This raises fundamental questions of honesty in politics. It is difficult to believe David Cameron did not know that the Tories were planning to make these cuts when he made those comments to the British people during the general election.”
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