You will have seen the backlash against the government's decision to increase National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed announced in yesterday's Budget. Indeed, you are one of the few people who will have had direct access to the Chancellor today, following a very controlled press conference in which, I am told, local journalists were not afforded the opportunity to put follow-up questions to the Chancellor.
Can I assume that you haven't asked the Chancellor how many people in the West Midlands will be impacted by the rise, imposed by this Tory London government, of two percentage points to 11% of NICs for self-employed people earning between £8,060 and £43,000?
People will want to know, though, whether you will be joining me in opposing the government's planned hike of National Insurance Contributions?
Because of your planned presence with the Chancellor today, you have given the strong impression that you support the Chancellor's new tax on the self-employed.
Are you able to set the record straight?
The Labour Candidate for West Midlands Mayor