Boris Johnson's office has released a press statement condemning the 50p tax rate as "an assault on London". Research by the Greater London Authority says that 145,000 Londoners will be hit by Darling's "banker taxes". That 145,000 includes those earning £100,000 and affected by changes to allowances.
Boris Johnson believes that London already pays more than its fair share of UK tax revenues and is unhappy at this extra tax burden:
Anthony Browne, Head of Policy in the Mayor's office, warned that the extra taxes could push higher earners to other countries without bringing in revenue for the Treasury:
In this morning's Telegraph Mr Johnson implied that a failure to oppose the 45p tax band had encouraged Labour to introduce the 50p tax band: "If we keep schtum, they will simply do it again. Why not 55 per cent? Why not 60 per cent? Why don't they go right the way back to their childhoods, and start echoing Denis Healey's 83 per cent top rate of taxation?"
A YouGov poll for the Evening Standard finds the Conservatives 12% ahead of Labour in the nation's capital.