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Lab SP: Finance Bill Speech Outside No. 11
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 The Chancellor spoke on the steps of No. 11 after submitting the Finance Bill 2019 to Parliament.

"Good afternoon.
 
Today, the Government presented its budget plan to Parliament: the Financial Bill 2019. This package, as I have told Parliament, was the result of significant effort by Labour and our partners to put together a package that would help to meet the great needs of our country that have grown and been exacerbated by nearly a decade of foolish decisions and years of the pursuit of the goal of austerity. It is the fulfillment of a promise: not just the promise that Labour made to the voters in the most recent election, but a promise that has long been made to Britons that they can have a government that listens to their needs and responds accordingly. That they can live in a country where those who need it are cared for. That they see the necessary investments in education, in workers, in healthcare, and in the environment that will lay the foundation for a cleaner, brighter, more prosperous future.
 
In this budget, Labour has made strides in ensuring that those who have benefitted the most from our national infrastructure and our resources pay a little bit more- paying back on the dividends that they have received in order to safeguard those same dividends for working people as well as future generations.
 
We’ve also fulfilled promises made on many fronts: a surge in funding for the regions that have been left behind by successive Conservative Governments, and ensuring that our investments are brought to the regions. We’ve brought forward more than £28 billion in new infrastructure projects: massive investment in mass transit infrastructure, 325 new hospitals and clinics, 125 new schools, a green energy investment surge which will help us greatly expand our ability to generate clean and renewable energy throughout the United Kingdom.
 
In the NHS, this budget allocates £15 billion to the NHS- from refunding NHS trusts for parking charges to make parking free for users of NHS facilities to the hiring of 30,000 new doctors, nurses, and staff to help ensure that we can expand the quality and quantity of care to those in need. Labour has long promised to protect the NHS that we created, and with this budget we are finally giving our world-class healthcare system the resources it needs to keep Britain healthy. We would greatly add to the investment in research and development of new treatments and new cures to bring prices down but to more importantly save more lives.
 
And yet as I present this Finance Bill to Parliament, and speak of it here now, there is the spectre looming over us that this Bill will not be allowed to advance due to one of our partners who chose to place personal pettiness over the needs of the country. By now, you have seen and heard the attempts of one member of the Green Party who decided to make political the decisions made by some in Government to celebrate the pregnancy of another Member of Parliament. And in their decision to crash the Government, this Green Party member is robbing our future.
 
This Green Party member is, even now, looking at a Finance Bill that will enact a world-first tax on the import and production of new plastic packaging to reduce the tons and tons of plastic waste and is thinking that it is far more important to display disgust towards another Member of Parliament. This Green Party member is looking at a Finance Bill that will invest £5 billion in green energy projects- everything from tidal energy off the coast of Wales to carbon capture in Scotland to on- and off-shore wind projects which generate clean energy and move us away from coal and gas and thinking that it’s better to send out scathing tweets than it is to support the first budget that will move us towards our goal of a carbon-neutral UK by 2040. Our budget would have replaced a Conservative crawl towards carbon neutrality with a Labour leap. 
 
This isn’t to attack the Green Party… but it is to say that in some other timeline, this is what might have been.
 
What might have been is a 3.7% increase in the wages for those that educate our children and even adults who need it, that put on scrubs or a gown to heal our country, that put out fires or patrol our streets to help keep us safe. This increase would bring wages up beyond the level of inflation and result in real pay increases for the hard workers that this country depends on. For our soldiers, that would be a raise of 4%- again, money that is desperately needed.
 
What might have been is the creation of a new small rate of business tax, providing for meaningful reductions in the corporate tax bills for the small businesses that employ a majority of Britons, that are providing for the most job growth, and that are a larger driver of our national economy.
 
What might have been is the new schools, the additional hours of free childcare to support the growth and development of the youngest among us and the future generations on which we will all depend to carry the country forward.
 
What might have been is the start to funding to expand and provide for social care in our communities.
 
What might have been is a fund to provide greater support to veterans in our communities who deserve more than just a thanks for their willingness to sacrifice for us all.
 
What might have been is an end to austerity economics or Conservative ideas that our problems can be solved by tax cuts for those on top.
 
What might have been is a massive surge in funding for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland that Labour would provide for investment projects and for shoring up budgets that have been hit hard by Conservative policies.

What might have been is a budget that would help Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland stand on their own economically- like Labour has always promised.
 
What might have been is a large increase in new housing starts- more than £2 billion more in spending that we inherited from the Conservatives- to bring prices down. A property speculation tax that would make wealthy investors think twice about pulling housing stock off the market to serve as a place for money rather than a place where people can live and families can grow.
 
But while it’s easy to look at the antics of a Green Party member and blame them for everything, it’s also worth stating that this is a budget that Labour believes in- and it’s one we will take to the people. They’ll see that we’re not making fantastic promises and that we’re not looking to sacrifice our economy. They’ll see that we can achieve everything that we set out to do when it comes to investing in people and building a country that’s better for the many, not the few. They’ll see we mean it when we say that austerity is over and that we believe in higher pay for some of the hardest working among us- not the richest of bankers, but the NHS nurses or the police officers that all believe in a better Britain.

Labour’s proposals and those of our our partners are going to be the budget that we hold up to the people if we must go to an election and say "here’s what we’ll do and here’s how we’ll do it." We’ll lave the glossy photos and the fancy websites to others, but instead we’ll put a plan before the people that demonstrates we can fulfill our promises with meaningful decisions and meaningful figures.
 
We’ll stand by this, and make this budget the centerpiece of our campaign to live up to promises made- to promises made by us and to promises made by a government that only exists because of its role to support the people. And when the people see what we want to do: to add more schools and teachers, to cut tuition fees in a sensible way, to build clinics and hospitals and make sure they’re fully staffed and have the equipment they need, to ensure that our armed forces are safe and can continue to protect the United Kingdom, and to make sure that those who need it most have economic and social supports, then I’m confident they will support Labour- and that they will want to see us get this budget through.
 
Thank you."
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
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People don't like being played for fools and people don't like it when you do this sort of thing, just ask Boris Johnson who did this irl with the Queen's Speech and... won a majority. Ah. This was a very clever move by the Chancellor outlining precisely what they would do if they had a majority or a simpler coalition post-election. He loaded the Budget with goodies and has been amply rewarded for it in the polls. The speech is first rate, as you'd expect from this player, as Milne outlines where he's sending his colossal amounts of cash declaring an end to Austerity and free money for everyone!

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