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PC11 - Budget
#11
Britain’s cooperatives are some of the best and most responsible businesses in our country. When workers own businesses, they help to create a fairer economy and a more prosperous one. Rather than profits going to millionaires, they go to the workers who do the work to ensure the company succeeds. It is right employees are rewarded fairly, and it is right that governments helpthem. But they often lack access to the capital they need to grow and thrive even more in the competitive economy. Labour committed in the Budget to tackle this challenged faced by our cooperatives with £100 million of funding through the British Business Bank. By backing Britain’s cooperatives, Labour is backing Britain’s workers – and everyone will reap the reward.

When Labour first announced investment in Yorkshire, the Conservatives dismissed it as a ‘Christmas wish list’. But in the Budget, we delivered on a NorthRail investment package that will ensure people can get to work quicker through improved access to rail services in the North, reopened lines, and starting the move towards High Speed North. We also delivered £3 billion for housing, some of which will be invested right across the North complementing the powers of Metro Mayors. After a decade of Tory austerity that left the North as an afterthought when it comes to investment, it is a Labour-led government that delivers. By investing in Yorkshire and the North as a whole, Labour is backing the millions of people and the companies who live there to succeed – and everyone will reap the reward.

For too long towns across Britain have been forgotten and experienced a lack of investment. The last Tory government may have failed to deliver on growth that helped towns and the people who live there, but Labour is committed to support our towns to succeed. We are providing a Towns Fund to enable places to create the jobs, attract the businesses, improve the high streets, and become seize the opportunities of the future. Labour understands that without successful towns, we cannot have successful cities – and a successful country. We are also creating a Towns of Culture award to celebrate the contribution of our towns to the vibrant cultural life and economy. It is not just cities which have great culture, but many of our towns too – it is time to celebrate that. By investing in towns, we are backing places previously ignored to drive our economy – and everyone will reap the reward.
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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#12
During the last campaign, and during this one, I visited pubs all around the country. And the refrain I heard was universal: we need relief. Today I can safely say that Labour is delivering that relief. We’re investing in redeveloping and improving High Streets up and down the country with our Towns Fund. But we’re also delivering real relief for pubs all around the country. Our freeze to business rates will ensure the no pub is forced to pay more in rates this year, giving local pubs a hand up. And our freeze of alcohol duties will ensure that workers don’t have to pay more for a drink. At a time when pubs across the country are struggling, Labour is standing up for local pubs. We’re committed to supporting this quintessential British institution in our next term in government.

Caroline Blakesley visited the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye with her family for a tour and spoke afterwards.

I personally enjoy a nice glass of Scotch. Made right here on the Isle of Skye, Talisker is one of Scotland’s great exports. And while the Conservatives will sell out Scotland with a trade deal that doesn’t protect Scotch – that doesn’t demand that Scotch can only come from Scotland – Labour is committed to supporting one of Scotland’s great exports. And that starts with our freeze to liquor duties that the Chancellor announced at budget.

Nearly three-fourths of the cost of a bottle of Scotch goes direct to the government. And every time government raises this duty, it means fewer sales, less investment, and less growth for this vital industry. And it’s not just sales: the Scotch industry powers tourism across Scotland – fueling the economy of rural communities across the nation. It is a vital industry to support, and our freeze to liquor duties will accomplish just that. Labour is committed to giving this key Scottish industry a boost and supporting Scotch distillers across Scotland.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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#13
This budget works to benefit my constituency and the whole of the North East. It follows a simple trajectory for our economy; it should be fairer, stronger and work everybody.

For workers in the North East, this budget is offering clear protections: no extra income tax or National insurance for the poorest, average tax bills down by over £150 each year, and greater employee ownership of workplaces with new funding for cooperatives. For workers, Labour are delivering.

For communities like ours across the North East, the Labour Government are ensuring a better deal. We have launched a towns fund for towns like Ashington and Darlington, that get left behind by city-only growth. We've launched extra subsidies to lower the cost of our local bus services, so vital for smaller towns like Alnwick, Killingworth or Sacriston. We're freezing business rates to make life easier for traders and shop keepers in our struggling High Streets like Blyth and Stockton.

For the North East, this budget is a much needed lifeline after years of neglect and in Government Labour are only just getting started.
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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#14
This Labour-led Government in the short time we have been in office so far have managed to launch historic climate change legislation which is going to help us build a brighter and sustainable future. This legislation would ensure that Britain is operating in a net-zero state by 2040. This means that any damage to the environment that we as a country are doing is met by counter-measures such as generating electricity through renewable sources, reducing the demands on energy through more efficient appliances, industrial processes & travel and moving away from raw materials which are based upon fossil fuels which the world is running out of.

Through this legislation, we are launching a 5 billion surge into Green Energy as part of the recent budget to help fund research, capital investment in infrastructure and creating new jobs in the sector. This is through the deployment of the new Green Energy technologies such as solar, blue hydrogen and wind, as well as addressing issues such as grid stability. With the transition to renewable energy, it is important we generate enough inertia to keep our grid stable and keep the lights on. This Government has an understanding of the issues & challenges that a green future lies ahead and will work tirelessly in the future to make this a reality.
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Labour MP for Derby South
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
(Rumoured to have constituency appeal)
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#15
The Northern Ireland Secretary visited Fleetwood, on the Lancashire coast to discuss trade with Northern Ireland.

The budget Labour have produced in Government is going to strengthen the business, transport and infrastructure links between Northern Ireland and towns like this across Lancashire and Cumbria. It will put towns like this at the forefront of our thinking,

Our towns fund will be an essential lifeline for smaller towns like Fleetwood and Morecambe, which have left behind for too long with urban regeneration projects focusing in the cities. High Streets such as down the road in Lancaster, are desperately calling out for support so Labour's freeze on business rates is our first step.

Northern parts of the High Speed Rail project will open up smaller towns with rail links like Kendal and Preston, to tourism, business opportunities and job growth. We scrapped the Tory plans for a border in the Irish Sea which would have decimated towns like Blackpool and Whitehaven which would have been cut off from trade and business opportunities with Northern Ireland.

The budget is putting towns like those along the North West coast at the heart of decision making and Labour in Government are going to ensure we deliver for them.
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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#16
William Grey heads to Anstruther, Scotland, to tour local fisheries and talk about the Conservative Party's commitment to supporting the Scottish fishing industry. 

I've noticed a pattern with Caroline Blakesley, and I have a feeling that a few of my friends here in Anstruther know exactly what I'm talking about. Ms. Blakesley only seems to have time to visit Scotland when she needs to put out some PR fire her Government has created, or when she needs to get in front of the cameras to tout some alleged accomplishment. The reality is that the Government's record on Scotland is abysmal, they've shown their willingness to abandon the people of Scotland by doing a deal with the SNP, and they've now released a budget that is bad for Scottish business. The Government's proposed budget will raise the main rate of corporation tax to 20%, increasing the tax burden on fisheries like those here in Anstruther. More of your hard earned profits will be taken from you under this Labour Government, taking money out of local communities in Scotland and putting it in the hands of the state. That's wrong, and no half-hearted promise to do the absolute bare minimum of agreeing a one year freeze in alcohol duty will make up for it. 

Labour has taken a page from the book of their Coalition partners the SNP in delivering economic policies that will undermine business and disincentive innovation and entrepreneurship. The Conservatives, on the other hand, want to back business, back entrepreneurs, and unleash the full potential of the Scottish economy. We're fighting this upcoming election to give businesses like the fisheries here in Scotland access to the global economy in a post-Brexit world, and to give them pro-growth policies that will allow them to expand and hire more people. Ours is a plan for economic success, and I'm proud to campaign on it.

If the Government is so proud of their budget, why did Caroline Blakesley dissolve Parliament before it could face any scrutiny before the House of Commons? The fact of the matter is this: virtually every single "benefit" Labour is claiming to offer the British people in their budget won't become a reality, because the Government refused to even attempt to pass the budget before dissolving Parliament and calling an election. So no, your taxes aren't going to go down. Taxes on small business won't be reduced. The National Insurance threshold isn't going to be raised. All of the proposed tax reductions Labour has been touting in the press are just that: proposals, not actual changes. Because Labour cares more about their political future than providing the British people with the good government they deserve, Caroline Blakesley called an election when it was most convenient for her rather than even attempt to pass their budget into law and give the British people the tax relief they deserve. 

Every single member of the British public must know this: the tax cuts Labour says they've delivered for you are nothing more than empty talk. They could have been a reality, but Labour decided to cut and run rather than do their jobs.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#17
The debate over NHS parking charges was quite interesting. The Tories, after keeping them in place for nine years, said we failed by not repealing them in a month. Brigette Allard said was must repeal them, then forgot to do just that in her own budget proposal. And Labour got the job done. For all the rumblings about NHS parking charges, only Labour delivered on ending them. And we did so while delivering a monumental funding settlement for the NHS that reversed austerity, put more doctors and nurses on the front lines, and invested in public health and medical research. Let me be clear: nobody should be charged for parking when they go to see the doctor. But more importantly, everyone should be able to see the doctor in the first place. And Labour’s investment in the NHS will make sure people can see the doctor; not just get free parking.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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#18
Amelia Lockhart MP, the Business, Innovation and Local Growth Secretary, visited businesses in Grimsby to discuss what the Budget means for the burgeoning green energy sector there.

Grimsby is part of an green energy revolution across the east coast and the North as a whole. It promises to create thousands of well paid, skilled jobs that Grimsby needs and to support hundreds of new businesses. Labour is committed to supporting the renewable and green energy sector here, and to ensuring that the prosperity it creates reaches every part of the town. In the Budget, the Labour-led government committed to investing billions into research and infrastructure to grow the renewables sector sustainably. And we are committed to creating thousands of new apprenticeships many of which will be located here in Grimsby and in renewable energy, ensuring that our young people have the skills they need to get the jobs that are being created. Whereas the Conservatives have said nothing positive about investment in the renewables sector here and across the North, Labour is committed to delivering it - and in doing so our entire country will benefit.
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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#19
This Budget has to be the most insincere effort I've seen in Westminster.  Before we even get into the content of it, the Government called the election before it could be debated, let alone voted on.  They presented it when they knew that we would not have time for a debate, that it would never be passed into law, and that they could take another swing at it if they got back into government.  Frankly, the best thing we could all do is ignore that budget as the stunt it was.  In legislative terms, it never happened.

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When we all get back to Westminster, win or lose I've got some unpleasant questions for the Speaker.  The fact that the budget was allowed to be presented in the House but the Leader of the Opposition wasn't even allowed to make a reply is an outrage against Parliamentary tradition.  The fact that the Government was allowed to present major legislation like this while a Confidence Motion, particularly one doomed to pass, was pending is absurd.  The Speaker has a duty to ensure that the House can scrutinize legislation, and here he abdicated his duty.

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The Government's handling of this Budget is nothing short of a conspiracy to violate the Purdah.  They presented a pile of new, good-looking spending items, as a fait accompli to the House.  The House did not even get a chance to scrutinize them; not even the Leader of the Opposition got to reply.  They were just packed through even though there was a Vote of No Confidence pending, and the spending just "happened" even though the Government had clearly lost the support of the House.  The Government knew what they were doing in the worst way possible.
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#20
Labour's Health Secretary, the man who in one week wanted to be Conservative Leader and in the next was propping up a Labour Prime Minister, refused four separate times to commit to abolishing parking fees. The fact of the matter is that Labour's chief authority on the NHS continuously refused to agree to do away with parking fees, and only acquiesced to the demands of the Conservative Party to end them after days of pressure. The Government dodged the question, refused to act, and dragged their feet for days. Yes, good on the Government for doing their job. What it took to get them there, however, speaks volumes about their values and the sort of Government they intend to run.

To be frank, I don't think the British people really care who abolished the parking fees, what matters to them is that it's happened. Governments on both sides of the aisle, from Blair, to Brown, to Cameron, May and Croft all failed to remove them. What matters is not placing blame, but taking ownership and getting it done. It is honestly embarrassing that the Government's Health Secretary did everything in his power to avoid taking action on this problem, and that speaks directly to the leadership of Caroline Blakesley for allowing such a man to have so much influence in the first place. Inspire of the Health Secretary's best efforts, the policy was changed, and our country is better off for it.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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