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The Finance Act 2008
Owain Pugh MP
Plaid Cymru for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
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Harriet Laski
Green Party Co-Leader
Candidate for Bristol West
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Labour MP for Glasgow Pollock (1997-2005)
Labour MP for Glasgow South West (2005-)

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the Rt Hon. Emily Greenwood MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2019-)

MP for Barrow & Furness (2010-)
Secretary of State for Education (2019-)
Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons (2019-)

Shadow SoS for Public Services (2019)

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Mitch Un MP Rhondda (1997-Present)
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Future Overlord of Britain and Europe
James Henry Stuart Wilson MP
Conservative Party
Conservative Chief Whip and Shadow Secretary of State for the Nations and Regions
MP for Windsor
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Daniel Brown
Conservative MP for Bosworth
Shadow Home Secretary
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The Ayes to the Right: 355
The Noes to the Left: 285

The Ayes have it, the Ayes have it.
The Budget debate is always firey, a massive clash of ideology in a death or glory struggle to the finish. A win in the budget can set either party up handsomely for the rest of the year whilst a defeat for the Government in the court of public opinion can be disastrous. In the press the Tories have had the slight upper hand in terms of their Shadow Budget vs the Budget. It was a strong open from Lockhart, he spoke about building and long term investments in all sorts of different pet projects and the public generally liked what they heard (who doesn't like tax cuts and spending? Deficit fear hasn't especially kicked in yet). Ashbury leads the opposition response with some sterling work on hacking away at the Government's agenda, calling it too focused on the long term when we should be dealing with the economic annihilation coming through the pipeline. The line about next decade vs next year was particularly strong and effectively summed up your case to the British people. It was a strong speech from Lockhart, probably slightly stronger than Ashbury's rebuttal, so it's early advantage Labour as the floor opens up for general debate.

Manning opened the open section by talking up the Government's record on policing and lambasting the Opposition for not talking crime and punishment before Sir Dunk arrives to tear the Government a new one for a London-centric economy and lacking in ambition before Beddow rounds us out with some home truths about taxes. The Government-endorsed hike of income tax, the lack of a VAT cut, and the proportional increase in Income Tax revenues. Some of these critiques are more effective than others, but his expenditure critiques are equally strong. Scotland feels shafted by the budget because the SNP and Tories told them they were, not sure how wise it is to echo SNP talking points but for now it's generating the Tories polling in Scotland and makes the Scots feel like the Tories are on their side. Hold on to that momentum and we could see 2017 come seven years early, lose it and we could see 2001 return north of the border.

I'm putting this one down as a narrow Labour win with the Tories winning in Scotland. Labour's budget is not inherently bad and their defences, where offered, were very strong. It'd have been nice to see the new Chancellor and PM come in for a word but with the activity crisis only just starting to clear that would probably have been too much to ask. XP to Lockhart, Manning, Ashbury, and Beddow.

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