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William Croft
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29/04/2019 8:00 pm  

Rather than actually defending their budget, or even attempting to focus on policy, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have resigned themselves to crafting one-liners and spinning the facts to their advantage. The Government doesn't want to discuss the real substance of these two budgets, because they know better than anyone that the Alternative Budget delivers where their budget fails. The Alternative Budget reigns in spending, puts more money into the hands of hardworking Britons and small businesses, and invests in the infrastructure needed for a 21st century economy. The Government's Budget, all three drafts of them, lets spending run wild and taxes you in order to pay for it. The Conservative Party is presenting a serious plan for a more prosperous economic future for all, while the Careless Coalition only seems to be serious about protecting their public image. 

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John Knox
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29/04/2019 8:22 pm  

I’ll gladly talk substance with William Croft. Let’s compare our budgets. The Coalition cuts tuition fees, they do not. The Coalition has a fuel duty tax freeze  to provide relief to middle class drivers, they do not. The Coalition ensures an armed services pension triple lock, they do not. The Coalition has called for  a mansion tax, they do not. The Coalition has called for nurses, they do not. More doctors, teachers, and police, they say no. He stands by a zero police increase, while simultaneously saying we need to do something. It’s a riot. He stands by a sick tax, funding the NHS on the back of prescriptions. He says “look at the money we found” while rifling through the pockets of the poor. I hope he finds his soul and can look the sick in the eye on his way to Westminster 

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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 1:21 am  

The best way to tackle a deficit it by promoting economic growth: investing in people, communities and infrastructure to ensure our economy is stronger and better equipped to tackle the current budget deficit head on. The Tories' experiment with deficit reduction has failed and they want to continue it - it was no coincidence we saw anaemic growth go hand-in-hand with declining wages. The Conservatives are offering short term gimmicks to reduce the deficit, whereas this government is set on a long term, effective solution.

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


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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 10:02 am  

The budget has been in deficit since 2002, the Government's plan to grow our way out of deficit cannot work for this very reason. The United Kingdom has a structural deficit, a deficit that this Government is intent upon growing further still with their current budget. The Government's failure and ineptitude means that we are now going to spend more on debt interest than we spend on our armed forces and our police, or about the same amount as the entire schools budget. The Conservative Party know what Labour refuse to acknowledge, this situation is unsustainable. Our long term economic plan will reduce the deficit as quickly as possible, eliminate it before the end of this decade, and start paying our debts down so that rather than throwing over £50bn a year at debt interest we can start investing some of that in our police, armed forces, and schools budgets. Labour's plan means that their investments in this area have all had to come from borrowing, only the Conservative Party have a credible plan for our public finances.

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 10:06 am  

The Government's plan under-invests in primary care and in hospitals freezing provision of each. The Conservative Party are the natural party of the NHS and have used our budget to meet our manifesto commitments to protect NHS funding in real terms, hire more doctors and nurses, and invest in 25 new clinics and 3000 new hospital places - more than the Government are offering in both. We are doing all of this whilst reducing the deficit, cutting tax, and creating a Britain that pays its way in the World whilst Labour and the Liberal Democrats borrow and tax this country down the river. Only the Conservative Party have a long term plan for healthcare that is both sustainable and able to deliver meaningful results for our NHS.

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 10:09 am  

The Labour Party are chasing headlines, but "Labour takes Cambridge" is not a headline that will help our students, a sustainable funding model for our universities is the way to help our students achieve. Instead of populist gimmicks like the cutting of tuition fees, forcing yet another Lib Dem u-turn out of the ones in orange, the Government should be focusing on a sustainable funding formula for our institutions. This Alternative Conservative Budget strikes a sustainable funding by freezing tuition fees in absolute terms, increasing grants to universities to make up the funding shortfall, and increasing average maintenance by over £100/yr. The Government chases headlines, the Conservative Party chases results, only one has a plan for our further education system that will see it thrive over the coming years, Labour's plan is full of bells and whistles but few actual methods that will see our further education secured.

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 10:13 am  

At the last election the Conservative Party promised 3 million apprenticeships by the end of the Parliament, this alternative budget takes a big step in securing that pledge. Whilst Labour are happy to u-turn from every promise they ever made the Conservative Party are standing by our principles and have found the funding for tens of thousands of extra apprenticeships by year one alone, exceeding the government's paltry offering by over 300%. The Conservative Party cares about the skills gap and about both short and long term unemployment, that's why our apprenticeship programme is so important. Labour are happy to pay out on unemployment benefit and offer people less chance for meritocratic progression, only the Conservatives take the future of the UK workforce seriously and only the Conservative Party will deliver on that going forward.

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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 10:53 am  

It's accepted by the vast majority of economists that economic growth is the most efficient way to eliminate a deficit, it's absurd we have Dylan Macmillan in the press preaching against economic growth.

But we know why he wants to promote an anti-growth agenda - because that's the Conservative way, anaemic growth over their period in office. When he considered running off to the Lib Dems, Macmillan should have also contemplated joining the Green Party: their anti-growth agenda fits together well hand in hand, but it's bad for the economy, bad for businesses and bad for public services.

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


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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 11:03 am  

If the Conservatives are the party of the NHS, the SNP are the party of the United Kingdom. They can play a clever numbers' game but Labour will ensure NHS spending is never outpaced by health inflation, that more staff are hired and that we invest in mental health, public health and social care which the Conservatives have completely neglected.

After the Tory led government saw winter crisis after winter crisis, rocketing waiting times and decreased NHS satisfaction I can promise the British public this: the last Labour government stopped the NHS from flatlining after the Conservatives' mismanaged it - we'll do it again. 

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


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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 11:13 am  

What Macmillan can't avoid is that we've invested more in primary care in this budget than the Conservatives have ever done until they started following where Labour led. He can't say the same about social care, though - as we live longer and have fewer children and a social care crisis looms, he doesn't offer the vulnerable and elderly a single penny, whereas Labour have made it clear that investment is an absolute priority. 

Macmillan said only the Conservatives offered 'healthy and happy' retirement for Britain's pensioners while doing nothing for the social care system they depend on - it is worrying that while a social care crisis looms, Macmillan does nothing but play political games with our pensioners. 

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


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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 11:30 am  

Deborah Carpenter says that most NHS services come in the form of primary care. That's true, and it's why Labour's invested in our primary care budget at a greater level than the Conservatives' ever had.

But she neglects to discuss mental health and how it makes up a third of all illness - in fact, she neglects to invest in mental health services at all. This government understands it's not just time we start talking about mental health, but it's time we start to act. The Conservatives aren't even on step one. 

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


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Faye Gallacher
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30/04/2019 11:39 am  

Mind have made it clear that a quarter of us at any given moment will be struggling with our mental health, and the number of us who could experience it over a lifetime could be as many as half of the British population. 

Any serious government needs to offer every single one of those people a safety net and a plan of action - Deborah Carpenter's only plan of action is to hike the prescription charges of those suffering from mental illnesses to fund their treatment, without barely offering even a penny of investment. Thankfully it is the Labour Party that is in government - and this government will ensure that prescription charges are kept low and over a billion pounds is invested in mental health services. 

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


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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 12:56 pm  

The Labour Party's selective memory is absolutely staggering. When the recession hit and the governments of the UK, national and devolved, had to make savings it was the Conservative Party that protected healthcare funding in this country, it was Labour that cut the Welsh NHS. Now it is the Conservatives who are investing twice what Labour are investing into building front line clinics, it's the Conservatives who are building 40% more additional hospital places than the Government's budget, and it is the Conservative Party who are doing all of this without borrowing a penny extra unlike the Labour Party. The Conservative Party plan for our NHS is fully costed, fully achievable, and works for our NHS whilst Labour set unachievable targets, borrow more, and tax more. Labour haven't got a clue what it takes to run our NHS they just keep chasing a cheap headline while primary care and hospitals get put out to pasture.

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 1:01 pm  

I will not take lessons on economic growth from the party that presided over the Great Recession and then used it's first budget to increase taxes on entrepreneurs and lenders. Labour may think that economic growth will solve all of their economic woes but at the end of the day the UK has a structural deficit and a cyclical deficit, growth only helps the latter and doesn't even touch the former. To reduce the structural deficit, pay down our debts, and free up interest money for investment in our public services you need to make tough choices, tough choices the Conservatives made whilst in office that Labour and the Liberal Democrats are running away from now they are in charge. You cannot tax your way to prosperity and you cannot borrow your way out of debt, the Conservatives are cutting taxes and reducing our borrowing, Labour are hiking taxes and actually increasing the deficit.

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Macmillan
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30/04/2019 1:08 pm  

The Conservative record on the NHS is one of protecting spending in England where Labour cut spending in Wales. This Conservative Party alternative budget increases spending on primary care in line with our manifesto commitments, it increases spending on hospitals in line with our manifesto commitments, and it provides the mental health and social care budgets with a real terms spending increase in line with our commitments. Labour do not have a monopoly on healthcare, the only party that is investing properly and across the board for all areas of our NHS is the Conservative Party and we are the only party that can do so in a sustainable way. Labour may like to pretend that their plan is better, but £113bn in new debt is not good for our NHS, setting unreachable targets four times higher than the funding provision for primary care is not good for our NHS, and underfunding hospital expansion is not good for our NHS.

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