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Steve
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27/04/2019 7:49 pm  

"Is this new budget much better?"

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Bertie
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28/04/2019 9:00 pm  

The Budget produces is consistent. It provides security and investment in Britain. We believe in Britain to succeed, and it will with the new investment that the Labour Party promises. This is a budget to break the mould as Brown may have once said. It provides a revolutionary level of investment in schools, it is set to build Britain up from the brink of the worst Global Financial crisis since the 1920s.  It is clear to all, that this gives better pensions, better pay, a better investment. The deficit will continue to fall and we still have record funds, real term increases, for our pupils, patients and pensioners.

Anthony Bertram Charles Wilson, MP for Darlington.
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John Knox
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28/04/2019 10:31 pm  

What we have released is a consistent and comprehensive budget that invests in our most vulnerable, such as the sick and the elderly, our most deserving, the men and women who’ve served for Crown and Country, and the future of our people. In the face of knife attacks, the Opposition maintain status quo. The fund austerity on the sick and on the middle class. Yes, fiscal responsibility is a serious matter. But doing it on the backs of the vulnerable isn’t just austerity, it’s abuse

Calvin Ward Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

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Faye Gallacher
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29/04/2019 2:13 am  

Yes. The tax burden has been shifted away from ordinary Britons, productive investment has been prioritised and our public services have been given the cash the Tories have starved from them so our streets can be better policed, our children better taught and our sick better cared for. It's a fundamental but necessary change which puts hard working British people first. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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29/04/2019 2:19 am  

We can discuss the errors of previous budgets - the government's was clerical and immediately redacted and fixed. The Tories' errors were systemic, not apologised for and saw wages drop as prices rose: and as this happened they continued to attack the livelihoods and incomes of the poor, the disabled and our public servants, nurses and soldiers. 

This budget does so much more than clean up an earlier clerical error - it cleans up the way the Tories have balanced the economy against hard working British people in favour of the wealthiest few. That, to me, is commendable. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Sir Geoffrey Birch
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29/04/2019 6:42 pm  

This is a Budget that cuts prisons. Not just cutting prison funding but cutting prison places. With the spate of knife crime in recent weeks, the Coalition government are sending a message. By closing prisons and reducing prison places, the Coalition are willing to let violent criminals roam free on our streets. With a reducing prison estate, there is simply no other option. Well, no other option except to protect our prison capacity to keep Britons safe, just as we Conservatives already proposed.

 


In their manifesto at the election, Labour promised the deficit would fall by 1.2% of GDP in their first year in office. Ediboglu broke that promise. Ward has smashed that promise into a thousand pieces. If Labour can't be trusted to keep even their cornerstone promise of financial responsibility, what promises can we trust them to keep? This is further proof, if it were even needed, that this far-left government will send Britain economy careering of a cliff, with the LibDems in the passenger seat letting it all happen.

Sir Geoffrey Birch | Conservative Party
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William Croft
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29/04/2019 7:21 pm  

In removing the mistakes and "clerical errors" that plagued the Government's first two budgets, they've succeeded in making it even more clear how damaging this budget actually is. The Chancellor's intentional choices are arguably even worse than the unintentional errors made by his predecessor. The Government is choosing to increase the deficit, their choosing not to properly fund NHS staff and prisons, and their choosing to raise taxes on every day Britons. The Government may have been embarrassed by the mistakes made in their first two drafts, but it also afforded them the opportunity to ignore the real heart of this budget and the impact that it will have on our country. Now that the dust of the budget fiasco has settled, what is left is a blueprint for economic destruction, lackluster investment, and less opportunity. 

I congratulate the Government on finally figuring out how to submit a budget that's not riddled with errors and mistakes. In doing so, they've exposed how backwards and damaging their true economic policy really is.

William Croft
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Shadow Foreign Secretary
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General Goose
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30/04/2019 12:05 am  

The end result of this budget represents a collaborative effort between two parties, bringing together the principles and priorities of both parties in a way that does justice to the manifestos MPs in both parties were elected on. Don’t get distracted by the drama of the Westminster bubble - focus instead on the the many great things this budget does for the future of our nation. A long-term plan for fiscal sustainability and getting our debt under control while growing our economy, making up for a long-term lack of investment in British infrastructure and innovation, concentrated efforts to fight national scandals such as rough sleeping, reliance on food banks, and period poverty.

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For too long, Britain has not built enough homes. We in the Liberal Democrats have been trying our utmost to change this situation, which is why in our manifesto in the last election we were the party with by far the most comprehensive plan to boost both public and private homebuilding. That is why, in this budget that takes the best ideas of both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, we are taking massive steps to increase the rate of housebuilding. We are establishing a Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank, to start building the new neighbourhoods and towns with proper services and facilities to prosper. We are scaling back Help to Buy which is only serving to boost demand without increasing supply. We are building more social housing. We are creating a £250 million Homelessness Action Fund.

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Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats share a commitment to education, and though our ideas and priorities differ, this shared commitment has helped ensure this budget is the best budget for education in years. Per-student funding at universities has gone up while tuition fees have gone down; teacher pay has gone up; the pupil premium has been doubled; more resources are in place for helping poorer students, promoting life skills and foreign languages education, and building the character and resilience needed in a twenty first century economy. These proposals will dramatically improve the situation in our schools and help give our teachers the resources and support they need to provide our children the best start in life.

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Both the Liberal Democrats and Labour committed to a new flood protection agency in our manifestos and this was something that the coalition agreement enshrined. We cannot forget the risks that floods pose to our communities and public health and safety. This is why we have delivered on that promise in this budget and made available the necessary funds for a massive investment in flood prevention and mitigation.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
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Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 1:29 am  

This budget promotes a new approach - we want a long term plan to eliminate the deficit by strengthening Britain's economy, not by weakening it. 

Our budget perfectly encapsulates this - we've reduced the deficit on day-to-day spending whilst investing in infrastructure and communities to ensure they can thrive and Britain can grow: this long term strategy ensures that we'll get to grips on the nation's finances without compromising the health of the nation, the safety of our streets or the pay packets of our armed forces.

 

 

(OOC: Edited to a long term plan as per Nathan’s request)

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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 2:06 am  

Mental health makes up a third of all illness - yet only a minuscule fraction of this is reflected in the NHS budget. We cannot promote healthiness until we start promoting happiness and mental wellbeing. That is what this government sets out to do.

To redress the balance, this government has invested over one and a half billion pounds into NHS mental health services. It is the first step to a crucial but bold plan that will give physical and mental health parity and ensure that should mental illness affect you or a loved one, as it does for all too many of us, our health service will be there for you. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 10:18 am  

This Government proudly proclaims that it is putting our NHS first and investing in our front line and hospital services yet their provision is simply inadequate. The Government are offering 1000 fewer hospital places this year than a Conservative Budget which also manage to cut taxes and reduce the deficit and their primary care plan sets up a target of 100 new clinics whilst only providing the funding to maintain the 25 existing clinics in danger of closure. This Government hasn't got a clue what the NHS actually needs, it needs investment in the front lines and it needs investment in our hospitals, investment that the Conservative Party are delivering in our alternative budget. The Government's confused and pathetic offering in this area will simply manage the NHS' decline, but what else were we to expect from the party that cut the NHS in Wales rather than protect it like we Tories did in England?

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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 12:35 pm  

Labour has invested £400 million into social care to ensure the elderly and vulnerable have a strong social care system that doesn't break after the weight of years of Tory austerity.

But I'll make it clear we need to go further - that means more investment, a nation wide discussion on how that investment is delivered and the complete integration of health and social care to deliver effective coordination, increasing efficiency and reducing bureaucracy.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 2:06 pm  

Smoking costs the NHS over a billion. Drinking costs it 3 billion. Bad diet costs 2 billion. Inactivity a billion. Poor sexual health costs it hundreds of millions. This isn't overall - this is every single year.

If we want to invest in a truly sustainable NHS, we need to ensure the NHS isn't just there for them when they're sick but promotes them when they're well and encourages that healthiness. The government's strong investment into public health will ensure you, your family, the NHS and the economy will be healthier.

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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John Knox
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30/04/2019 2:14 pm  

Billy Bragg doesn't get to talk about raising taxes on everyday Britons, when he has said that he will stand by a budget that increases prescription costs and fuel duty. That is what impacts everyday citizens.

Calvin Ward Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 2:17 pm  

To get a healthy NHS we need healthy national finances, the only way we can ensure sustainable and long term investment into our NHS without adding tens and hundreds of billions of pounds worth of new debt is to reduce the deficit and start paying our way. At the moment we pay enough debt interest to fully fund the public health budget 13 times over, the front line care budget twice, and we spend more of debt interest than we spend on hospitals. Labour's continued ignorance of our national debt and their continued expansion of the deficit is a real risk to our NHS' future, eventually the cheap credit will run out and we'll have to find the money somewhere, Labour's record is one of finding cuts in our NHS. This Budget fails to take the deficit seriously, it fails to meet the Labour Party's manifesto commitment of 1.2% of GDP being cut from the deficit in year one, and it fails to secure the NHS' long term future because of it. This is a budget of failure that endangers our entire public sector because this Government were unwilling to knuckle down and make the tough choices today.

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