Phillip Hammond, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has responded to Gordon Brown's new claim to represent aspirational middle classes.
"One minute Gordon Brown's a class warrior, the next he is a friend of middle Britain", Hammond said. "The idea that a man who has spent his whole career at war with the middle classes can be their champion is laughable".
Hammond highlighted how Gordon Brown has taxed Middle Britain:
- He’s repeatedly hiked national insurance, hitting middle Britain again and again.
- He imposed a £100 billion pensions stealth tax.
- He hit first time buyers with a £1,500 rise in stamp duty.
- He imposed 111 tax rises.
"Middle Britain won't forget that it was Gordon Brown who destroyed their pensions, increased their taxes and crippled social mobility", he added, as he cited a number of examples of how Middle Britain has suffered under Labour:
- Fewer people getting on to the housing ladder.
- Fewer first time buyers.
- Declining social mobility.
- Children from wealthy backgrounds are four times more likely to go to university.
- Parents unable to work because childcare costs are too high.
- Lack of school choice.
- High levels of anti-social behaviour.
- High levels of violent crime.
- Sharp decline in pensions.
- Record youth unemployment.
- Harder to start a business.