Rishi Sunak’s appeal to the right of the Tory party as he pledges tax cuts in manifesto

Rishi Sunak is to make a desperate appeal on tax cuts as he seeks to turn the tide of his disastrous election campaign.

The prime minister will unveil the pledges in the Conservative manifesto in what is one of his last major throws of the dice before polling day.

But Labour has hit back at the plans, with Keir Starmer accusing Mr Sunak of producing a “Jeremy Corbyn style” document.

The Labour leader said the Tories were “building this sort of Jeremy Corbyn-style manifesto where anything you want can go in it. None of it is costed.”

He added: “The money’s not there for the Tories’ desperation. And what they’re producing is a recipe for five more years of chaos.”

The Tory leader will draw upon the spirit of Mrs Thatcher as he launches his manifesto.

He will say that as the party of Thatcher and Nigel Lawson, the former chancellor, the Tories believe in “sound money” and will ensure “lower welfare so we can lower taxes”.

The package is reported to add up to nearly £20bn of tax cuts and public spending, including another £2.4bn for new training places for doctors and nurses.

But even as he prepares to try to revive his party’s flagging fortunes, he was forced to admit that aspiration has become much harder under the Tories.

In an interview with the BBC’s Nick Robinson on Monday night, the prime minister admitted the dream of home ownership, a key part of the Margaret Thatcher revolution in the 1980s, had become much harder under the modern-day Tories.

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