May supports Hammond in tax hike on self-employed

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May defended her finance minister on Thursday against criticism for raising a tax on some self-employed workers in his budget, saying the measure was necessary and “fair”.

Members of her governing Conservative Party and many British newspapers accused finance minister Philip Hammond of breaking a party pledge ahead of the 2015 national election not to increase national insurance contributions.

But in Brussels at her last EU summit before triggering formal divorce talks with the bloc, May said the measure would benefit lower-paid workers while providing revenue to boost skills,

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