National insurance delay appeases Conservative rebels

Theresa May’s decision to postpone contributions rise for self-employed welcomed by sceptical MPs

Theresa May’s decision to delay a controversial national insurance rise for self-employed people appears to have partially quelled a rebellion by Conservative MPs, although Labour said ministers were “in disarray” over the issue.

Downing Street insisted on Friday that there would be no watering down of the proposal, while indicating it would be introduced alongside improved benefits for the self-employed.

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