UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall has welcomed the Chancellor's U-Turn over applying National Insurance to the self employed and sole traders.
"It is good that the Chancellor is listening, at least to us in UKIP, some of his own backbenchers and much of the media. But his basic point that this was a breach of a manifesto commitment is hardly the issue. The point is that they thought they could get away with hitting the self employed.
"What is clear from his statement is that both he and the Prime Minister were perfectly happy to hammer a section of society who the Tories feel are their expendable electoral infantry. That Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention the NIC raid in his budget response, and then hardly mentioned it after the Chancellor's U-Turn just shows how this group of men and women, 2.84 million of them, the engine room of our economy and the key driving force behind the country's growth and prosperity, are ignored and punished for their efforts.
"It is increasingly clear that the party of the drivers, the strivers and the entrepreneurs is UKIP."