Forty MPs demand Jeremy Hunt slashes £7billion in waste

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Big beasts of the Conservative party including former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith and ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis are backing a report which will this week set out where they say the axe should fall.

They are demanding assurances the Government “takes rooting out waste seriously”.

Former party chairman Sir Jake Berry and ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey are among those alarmed that the British people are now being taxed “at levels not seen since the end of the Second World War”.

The signatories claim that the UK is on course to “more public money in 2023 and 2024 than at any point since the mid-1970s”.

They write: “We need to be able to reassure our constituents, who are worried about the cost of living crisis, that every penny of taxpayers’ money spent on their behalf provides value for money and is not wasted.”

The report – from the Conservative Way Forward group of Thatcherite MPs – is expected to urge a massive rolling-back of the amount of taxpayers’ cash spent on diversity and inclusion programmes.

The MPs are demanding the “defunding” of “politically motivated campaigns” which they claims result in “waste and division”.

Urging the Chancellor to free up £7billion, the MPs say: “We will have a much better chance of cutting taxes or spending more on frontline public services if we end this sort of waste.”

The anti-waste push is also backed by leading figures from the 2019-intake, including Lee Anderson – who won the red wall seat of Ashfield – and Bassetlaw’s Brendan Clarke-Smith.

Other supporters include ex-Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, former children’s minister Tim Loughton and Mansfield MP Ben Bradley.

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