Regional business leaders back Tory NI pledge

More support for Osborne policy

BUSINESS leaders across the region have joined the clamour to reject next year’s planned rise in National Insurance contributions.

More than 80 chief executives have now signed up to the Conservative campaign to reverse Chancellor Alistair Darling’s proposals outlined in last year’s Pre-Budget Report and confirmed in his Budget.

The business leaders want Government waste cut immediately rather than in 2011, which has been proposed by the Government, and say that aborting the NI rise “will protect jobs and support the recovery.”

Among those who have backed the Tory pledge are Gerald Corbett, chairman of Chelmsford-based Britvic plc and, Tom Wells, chairman of Muntons plc of Stowmarket and brewers Charles Wells Ltd, and Stephen Bourne, chairman of Cambridge University Press.

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