By Jason Groves Political Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:36 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 00:38 BST, 1 July 2019
Boris Johnson yesterday pledged to 'prioritise' a £500 tax cut for the low-paid ahead of help for the better off.
The Tory leadership frontrunner said he could turn on the spending taps after years of austerity, saying he was 'prepared to borrow to finance certain great objectives'.
But he indicated controversial plans to raise the starting threshold for paying 40 per cent tax would be put on the back burner.
Mr Johnson has been stung by criticism of a £9billion plan to raise the threshold from £50,000 to £80,000, which critics say will not help families on low incomes.
Boris Johnson has pledged to 'prioritise' a £500 tax cut for the low-paid after years of austerity
Campaign sources yesterday insisted the plan would go ahead, saying it was needed to reverse the trend of middle class professionals such as senior teachers and police officers being dragged into a tax rate designed for the rich.
But Mr Johnson said he would now prioritise raising the threshold for paying National Insurance, which would benefit almost all full-time workers.
He told Sky News: 'I think we should be looking at lifting people on low incomes out of tax, lifting the thresholds for national insurance. And I would remind you that that's where my priority is.
'When I was mayor of London we led the way, for instance, with the London living wage, and I think lifting NI