Johnson faces Tory battle over tax rise as cabinet reshuffle looms

PM’s plan to raise national insurance to fund NHS and social care set to be opposed by some of his own MPs as parliament returns

Boris Johnson faces a battle with his cabinet and MPs as parliament returns on Monday, with the prime minister poised to break manifesto commitments on tax and pensions while plotting a delicate reshuffle.

Plans to raise national insurance contributions to increase funding for the NHS and to overhaul social care have been privately criticised by cabinet ministers – and MPs have told the chief whip they could oppose the measures in the Commons.

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