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PC21: Shadow Budget
#31
If you’re prepared to borrow nearly £100 billion pounds, you have to be prepared to tell the British public who will pay for it. You can’t trust the Tories not to charge the bill for their borrowing to the poorest and most vulnerable in society. The Shadow Budget is already committed to scrapping the £400 million the Government is investing to ensure that every disabled person can live independently. The Shadow Budget is already committed to scrapping the £4 billion we’re investing in social care to ensure high-quality provision is available for every one who needs it. In a budget that borrows nearly £100 billion, the Tories don't want to fund support for the most vulnerable older and disabled people: so will they really protect you when they have to cut spending to pay off the bill?
Amelia Lockhart
Labour
MP for Hull North (2001 - )
Secretary of State for Economic Security and Local Growth (2020 - )

Traits: media darling, backbench favourite, finite resources 
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#32
This is a U-turn budget. It marks the Conservatives finally and suddenly changing track after a decade of a brutal austerity agenda. Due to this, we should question how sincere their economic ideology was to start with, if they U-turn so sharply and suddenly. I have no doubt that they'll turn again and if you look at the fine print, the details are already there. The Shadow Chancellor conceded in his speech that they would be U-turning again back to austerity in 1-2 years time anyway. It's a temporary gimmick.

Labour have a long, consistent track record of investment in public services, protecting the vulnerable and fairer economic policies. The Tories simply don’t.

I am a man of evidence and so I like to weigh up what proof there is when a politician makes a bold headline-grabbing claim. The Conservatives were in government for nearly a decade and have been out of government less than a year. There's plenty of evidence to look at.

So when the Tories talk about hiring police officers, I think of the 20,000 they sacked. When they brag about their £364m promise for the NHS, I wonder why it never materialised in the three years since. When they promise to invest in education, I wonder why they cut capital spending in schools by 42%. When they say they'd invest in housing, I wonder where the 200,000 are they promised 5 years ago? And when they say they'd put money into tackling knife crime, one wonders why they didn't do so in their near-decade in Government when knife crime rose to its highest level since records began?

Judge political parties not by their promises but by their records in Government. The Tories' speaks volumes.

The Shadow London Minister has claimed knife crime has hit her by some sudden surprise. She called it an "epidemic that has emerged on Labour’s watch" and pledged money to tackle this apparently new issue. I think it's remarkable, and frankly absurd, that a Shadow Minister for London has only just realised it is an issue and pledged money to "fix" it.

London had nearly a decade of Tories in Government and 8 years of Tory Mayoralty. The Conservatives now claim to be listening to police chiefs and want to invest. A shame that knife crime on their watch rose to its highest ever level since records began, they repeatedly chose to cut police force budgets, cut Home Office spending by £2bn and sack 20,000 police officers.

Frankly, empty promises of a change of a heart will not work. Londoners are not mugs. They'll be taking no lectures from the Tories on how to tackle knife crime.
James 'Jim' Kennedy MP
Home Secretary
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
MP for Wansbeck (2010-) | Labour and Cooperative
Traits: Media Darling, Backbench Favourite, Finite Resources
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#33
When Labour can only attack us on issues of style over substance, their hollow arguments betray an immutable fact about the Shadow Budget: this is a budget better by far than Labour's stingy settlement. Our plans out-invests Labour in 12 vital areas, meaning that our schools, our hospitals, our public transport systems and our social housing would be better off under a Conservative government. And, as a Scottish MP and Shadow Scotland Secretary, I am particularly delighted to see that under our plans, Scotland, along with the other devolved nations, would receive massive  levels of funding under the Barnett Formula. Whilst Labour are willing to take Scotland and particularly Wales for granted, the Conservative will continue to champion their place in the Union, and fight for more funding for them. And how do Labour respond to this solid budget? They accuse us of u-turning, and do nothing to address the failings of their budgets. They can talk about the past all they want: they're failing the country now, and we will stand against them.


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As Shadow Housing and Communities Secretary, I am delighted to see that the Shadow Budget far outspends Labour on housing and local government, showing that we are committed to helping the vulnerable, and supporting our local authorities on the firing line of Labour's under-investment. Labour came to power on the promise of supporting social renters, promising "a fair deal for renters," before backtracking when they came to power, giving a meagre increase in housing subsidies, going 4-1 in favour of private renters and owners. Under our budget, we put that right, giving £200 million in social rent subsidies and unfreezing the Troubled Families Scheme, which Labour had frozen at the expense of some of the most vulnerable in our society. Additionally, we will be investing majorly in local government, out-investing Labour by £3 billion, with local government £6 billion better off than last year. Importantly, we will be providing £3.7 billion in local education grants, meaning that our children's schools will not be disadvantaged as Labour's plans will cause.
Julia Goldman
Shadow Secretary of State for Scoltand
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Growth
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway (2019 - present)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Media Darling/Campaigning Guru/Socially Unaware
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#34
When it comes down to it, this shadow budget showcases what can be achieved when you have a party that commits itself to innovative thinking and bold leadership, and when you have an Opposition that is not only capable of showcasing the flaws of Alexander Milne’s scattershot budget blunder, but presenting a positive and far superior alternative. The Shadow Budget is designed to make a substantial investment in public services across the board thanks to the solid foundations build by ten years of successful Conservative management, coupled with unprecedented reductions in income taxation for low and middle income families and important investments to help the economy grow even further and ensure higher living standards for the British public. Schools are better funded, the NHS is better supported, crime fighting resources are more efficiently distributed, and further accountability is even added to international aid. In stark contrast to the government budget, the Conservative shadow budget is a triumph of imagination.

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Of course, I’m no psychiatrist, but it’s not exactly hard to argue that we’ve touched a nerve when you see a very sensitive Chancellor feeling compelled to try and reframe his questionable budget decisions under the pretense of responsible government. The same Chancellor, may I add, who willingly manipulated his last budget as a blatant and non-funded electioneering tool. Not only is the Shadow Budget fully costed and an innovative initiative in terms of funding transparency, it is also a highly imaginative set of proposals which showcase just how much potential the Chancellor squandered and wasted with his latest budget, how much could the tax burden be lifted from families, how much extra investment public services could have received, how much dynamism and competence added into the mix. Perhaps the real reason why the Chancellor seems to be so upset is that the Conservative Party is showing him a better way.
Rt. Hon. Andrew Summer MP - Conservative and Unionist Party
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks (2010 - Present)

Shadow Culture Secretary (January 2020 - Present)
-Former: Security Minister / Shadow Home Secretary
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Fundraising Extraordinaire (+) / Campaigning Guru (+) / Media Unknown (-)
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#35
The Conservative attitude to the most vulnerable in society continues unabated. They still do very little to help the most vulnerable in society and fix the burning injustices we face. The bedroom tax and two-child limit remains, they do not provide funding to ease the terrible burden of benefits sanctions, they do not restore the Independent Living Fund to help those with disabilities, they do nothing to save social care. They have no vision for tackling poverty and guaranteeing opportunity for all, as they leave so many people vulnerable. 

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The criticisms being made of the Tory budget proposal are not issues of 'style over substance' - they are issues of credibility. The Tories, quite frankly, are proposing a budget that goes against both how they promised to govern only a few months ago and how they actually did govern for the years that they were left to govern. The Tories had to be pushed, kicking and screaming, into introducing things such as the pupil premium, a higher tax-free personal allowance, the pension triple-lock, higher investments in home insulation, and so on. What this shadow budget is is the Tories saying that, 'oh, you know how we said we'd govern in the final days before the last election? That was a lie.' And such a party does not invite much in the way of credibility.

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There is no imagination to this budget either. So many of their 'bold new initiatives' are spin-offs of what the government is already implementing, initiatives that there were no signs the Conservatives would have introduced without the government doing most of the work for them. And even then, their budget is woefully inadequate, and woefully unimaginative, at laying out a vision for the long-term course of our economy. On science and research, on green enterprise, on bold new devolution deals and local town reinvestment, on supporting our growing industries such as creative and digital fields, the Tories have shown they are a party without ideas. 
Grant Smith
Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West (2005-present)

Media Unknown, Constituency Appeal, Campaign Organiser, Fundraiser Extraordinaire 
Previously: Sir Lachlan Domnhall Coinneach Duncan MacMahon; Graham Adiputera; I think I played some dull Labour bloke at one point
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#36
After years and years of Labour saying that the NHS was underfunded, they seem to be scrambling for excuses to oppose our budget. When it comes to hospital and clinic building, we would build 6 more – including a major hospital that Labour would not build. We would hire 62,439 more staff for the NHS, including 7000 more doctors than the Government would. We've spent more on mental health, more on Hospital care, more on Primary and Community care to name but a few. Overall, we have spent £19bn on the NHS - £14mn a week more than the Brexit Bus – which the Government said was impossible. For years they have claimed we have underspent – the truth is we have been clearing up their mess - once that mess has been cleared up, and we can start to seriously invest, they not only refuse to do so, but say it is irresponsible to do so – this is the Government's true colours.
MP for Hexham 2005 -
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#37
The world in which we live, the global order which has maintained stability and relative peace between the major powers for almost seventy five years now, is under the existential threat of increasingly belligerent powers, whose mantra places might above right. That is why now is the right time to be decisive in our defence investments, to ensure the foundations of our security are robust and that our armed forces are prepared for the future. That is the logic, the strategic thinking behind the ways and means of mitigating the threats posed to the UK by our potential adversaries, of our focussed and unhesitating decision to commit to a significant increase in defence expenditure in the Shadow Budget. Our proposed increased of spending on the security of our home and global interests and commitments from 2.13% to 2.25% of GDP, or £4 billion, would send a clear message not just to those who believe Britain has turned its back on whole theatres of the global stage, but to our friends in NATO. A clear and major investment in defence now, would re-establish the UK as an example to our partners, it would demonstrate once again our ongoing and absolutely determined commitment to an alliance which has been the bedrock of our security for a generation.
Harry De Santis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Tom Tugendhat (NPC)
Conservative Member for Totnes
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#38
The Conservatives Shadow Budget is the budget that the United Kingdom needs. Under the Shadow Budget the Conservatives pledge to spend £19bn on the NHS and recruit 62,439 more staff for the NHS. The Conservatives are the party for the NHS.
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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