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PC11 - Budget
#31
No budget will ever be perfect, but the Finance Bill put forward by the anti-austerity coalition was a budget that Welsh people can be proud of. Not only would Wales see an increase of 11%, but we'd also see the creation of an inclusive growth fund - capital funding for the nations above and beyond Barnett which Plaid has long advocated for. In our short period supporting the government, Plaid has been able to bring about a newfound dedication to Wales and Welsh issues, which has long been missing in Parliament. In this next election, people across Wales can make their voices heard even louder by supporting Plaid Cymru!
Owain Pugh MP
Plaid Cymru for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Campaigning Guru/Fundraising Extraordinaire/Media Darling/Maverick
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#32
The budget that has been proposed is one that is in keeping with the mandate that Liberal Democrat MPs received at the last election, and is the same progressive programme of government that we are standing on now. We promised that a budget, with the Liberal Democrats in government, would increase investment in our economy, begin the hard work of dramatically decarbonising our economy to reach net-zero by 2040, and maintaining a day-to-day spending surplus. This budget meets all of those goals. Make no mistake - in government, the Liberal Democrats are making a difference and implementing the ambitious manifesto that our voters supported. 

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During the campaign the Liberal Democrats promised an end to the pay austerity that was crippling those who do crucial frontline jobs in our public services and hitting some of the most vulnerable and hard-working families. We promised to provide a "pay triple lock", in line with our successful pension triple lock proposal that all mainstream parties now endorse, whereby key public workers such as nurses, teachers, doctors and police officers were guaranteed pay increases in line with inflation, 2.5%, or the average increase in public sector pay - whichever was highest. This pay commitment was kept in this budget, and then some, and we in the Liberal Democrats will fight for it as a solution to years of low public sector pay that now need to be rectified. 

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The Liberal Democrats are a proud party of the union that wants to see an equal family of nations where we all succeed, where we all gain the benefits of working together, where we all have a say over the local and regional futures of our communities. We reject the divisive nationalism of the SNP and the contemptuous ideological fixations of the Tory-Brexit pact. The Liberal Democrats committed to making sure each devolved administration in the UK - Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland - receives a real-terms increase in funding each year we are in government, and that has been delivered by this budget. We also called for real-terms funding increases for local governments in England - another promise kept - and steps to promote an inclusive regional growth strategy - also provided for by this budget. It is a budget that can unite people from Land's End to John o' Groats, and that is a sign that it is a liberal budget. 

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It's especially galling that full implementation of this budget was torpedoed by a Green Party MP, as many of the provisions within this budget will help move us towards a far greener economy, implementing Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments that will decarbonise economic growth and preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Carbon capture and storage, energy efficiency, an ambitious home insulation programme, investments in renewable energy, in decarbonising public transport, in ambitious tree-planting and natural habitat preservation schemes, in creating a Just Transition Fund to help communities transition from dependence on fossil fuels - these are all Liberal Democrat proposals advanced by this budget. Through this budget, we are reversing disastrous Tory decisions that slowed our movement towards net-zero, such as their decisions to cut subsidies for home solar panels and their ideological decision to privatise the Green Investment Bank. We are continuing our transition to a green tax code, taking the pressure off small businesses and instead taxing pollutants and emissions. This green investment programme is radical and ambitious, and distinctively Liberal Democrat. 
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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#33
I'm glad the Chancellor has decided to bring up my opposition to the SNP's decision to abolish tuition fees. Because no matter how desperate the Government is to ignore it, all the research shows that the abolition of fees has been an abject failure in Scotland, it has disproportionately helped the wealthiest, and it has left disadvantage students in Scotland worse off - and Labour is trying to repeat that mistake across the country. The Government's budget shows the beginning of their work to abolish fees, and pays for it by reducing the amount of money they've made available to scholarships, just as the SNP did to fund the program in Scotland. What is beyond me is this: why, as I and others in the Conservative Party have suggested many times, will the Government not just cut fees and increase assistance for those from disadvantage backgrounds? Instead of pursuing that sort of common sense policy, this Labour-led Government that claims to advance the interests of the working class is asking working Britons to subsidize the tuition of the children of bankers and financiers. 

Families in Manchester shouldn't be forced to cough up more money in tax each year so that wealthy children in London can go to school for free. That is the sort of future Labour is offering, and I will do everything I can to fight it.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#34
We’ve known for a while that the Chancellor has no regard for context – and, as it’s become clear, no basic sense of responsibility ether -, but we will say it again. We entered government having inherited an utter shambles of a situation in terms of crime, policing, immigration and, as the Chancellor also forgets, an economic disaster which required being responsible so we could solve the deficit. We tackled the red tape so policemen could be on the streets, we toughened sentencing and reformed institutions, and yes, we dealt with the deficit and the economy in such a way that we can now invest more in our policing services, and that’s exactly because of the choices we made. Had we left it to the Labour policy of dumping money into problems with no way to pay for it, which is what this budget does, we would have gone nowhere. That is why the approach a government takes towards crime is no important, because no amount of stunt budgets will replace effective policies that make it clear impunity cannot and will not be an option. 
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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#35
The coalition parties all share a common ground in believing that towns across our nation need an urgent wave of investment, in both unlocking their economic potential and in securing good public services, after decades of shortsighted neglect or incompetent attempts at help. That's why I was pleased to see Towns Funds and money for local growth deals - all compatible with Liberal Democrat calls to invest in our towns and devolve control over the levers of economic decision-making - included in full in the budget, and the Liberal Democrat proposal for a UK Town of Culture award, proposed by Liberal Democrat leaders at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, given the necessary funding in this budget. Liberal Democrats are on the side of all communities, and this budget, a liberal budget to its core, shows that. 

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In the last campaign, the Liberal Democrats called for the repeal of the reading tax, taking advantage of changes in EU rules to exempt ebooks, digital publications and newspapers, online journal articles, audiobooks, online textbooks, and the like from VAT. Thanks to Liberal Democrats championing the case in government, this budget proposal paves the way for zero-rating digital publications, treating digital the same as print. Thanks to the Liberal Democrats, the reading tax should soon be no more. This is good news for those who, because of income, age or ability, cannot access print copies of texts. It helps readers on the go, such as commuters or military personnel for whom print copies aren't practical. It supports new business models for independent publishers and local journalistic institutions. It helps businesses, who no longer have to go through the bureaucratic malaise of operating different tax systems for the same product. It helps people with disabilities, who can benefit from functionalities such as audiobooks and larger font sizes that come with the digital format. It helps universities and research institutions, saving them money on pushing the frontiers of human knowledge. 

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A public health approach to violent crime entails bringing together professionals and members of the community to treat violent crime as the public health problem that it is, to stop attacks before they occur through proactive intervention, and making sure a cycle of violence does not arise from a single tragedy. This entails community policing, proactive support for victims, rehabilitative efforts, youth services, and so on. It has been proven to work before, most notably in Glasgow. We have secured an increase in the crime prevention budget for this purpose. Liberal Democrats were making the case for a public health approach to knife crime, and more resources for prevention of crime and community policing, throughout the budget process, and though more remains to be done and will be done with Liberal Democrats remaining in government, we are proud of the resources we have secured. 

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In the last election the Liberal Democrats produced the most comprehensive and ambitious plan for ending the inequalities in our mental health system, pledging to take it as seriously as physical health, continuing the important work to destigmatise the important subject. Though much remains to be done in implementing this agenda, we in the Liberal Democrats are incredibly pleased to see a £400 million increase in the mental health budget, a substantial real terms cash infusion, and we will continue campaigning tirelessly until mental health is treated as seriously as physical health. 

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Our childcare plan in the last election was the most ambitious and the most proactive, calling on a free childcare obligation to serve as a new pillar of the welfare system to help give every child the best start in life and to help parents better balance work and family, and we are pleased to see a substantial increase in the number of free hours provided. We will continue pushing for more, and are also pleased to see our campaign to begin reversing cuts to Sure Start centres start to pay off. 

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In addition to expanding spending on apprenticeships and adult skills training more broadly, we wanted to ensure that apprenticeships - and with that, a broader range of talents and a greater set of opportunities - are expanded to as many new sectors as possible. That is why I am very pleased to see the Liberal Democrat goal of securing extra investment for setting up apprenticeships in creative and digital sectors met with this budget.
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
North Wales was forgotten by Conservative politicians who cancelled investment project after investment project. Today, Labour is working to change that. In our budget, we provided funding to begin an investment surge that will improve North Wales’ connectivity to surrounding regions in preparation for a comprehensive Growth Deal between North Wales, the Marches, and Cheshire and Warrington. That is investment that will help build new roads, supercharge the local economy, and level up the entire region – creating jobs, opportunities, and investment in North Wales. That is the record that Labour offers; that is that legacy that we will build on. Labour will never let any part of Wales be left behind. And, with this budget, we’re putting our money where our mouth is to ensure just that.
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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#37
Transport Secretary James McCrimmon went to Stoke to discuss infrastructure investment with local business leaders.

In our Budget, we have begun the process of saving for construction of High Speed Rail systems beyond HS2 and "High Speed North." Most importantly, this funding will allow us to connect additional cities, like Stoke, to a high speed rail network. Today, my train ride up here from London was almost two hours. But under our investment plan, you could be able to go to London and have it take only 70 minutes, as well as have direct connections to other major cities in the UK without having to transfer - an hour to Sheffield, three to Glasgow, two and a half to Edinburgh, two to Newcastle, or two to Wales! Only one party wants to energize economic growth across the country - and Labour'll get you there, safe, sound, and with no stop-overs.

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Transport Secretary James McCrimmon stopped in Cardiff to discuss infrastructure investment.

In this Labour-led Budget, I led the charge for saving for High Speed Rail beyond HS2 and "High Speed North." This will connect Wales to the previous plans, meaning you can go from Cardiff to London quicker, as well as take direct high speed journeys to such locals as Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Liverpool. Additionally, after a number of years discussing the possibility, Labour took the initiative to fund the electrification of the South Wales Main Line. Our entire nation is rife with opportunities for economic development - but only Labour will ensure those opportunities are used.

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Transport Secretary James McCrimmon spent some time in Reading to discuss infrastructure investment.

One of the flaws of the Tory High Speed Rail plan is that takes advantage of the South East by drilling through the Chilterns Area of Natural Beauty but doesn't offer any benefits to this region for doing so. Labour's plan includes connecting the South East to the High Speed Rail Network as well - Milton Keynes, Oxford, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Woking, Guildford, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, and of course, all of you here in Reading will be serviced by high speed rail. Connections to Scotland, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leeds, and Newcastle - all without needing to transfer. And even better, our plan will avoid the Chilterns. If you want to protect our environment while still recieving the economic benefits of High Speed Rail, only Labour can offer that.
The Rt. Hon. Sir James C. McCrimmon OBE
MP for West Ham (2005-present)
Chairman of the Labour Party (2019-present)
Secretary of State for Transport and Infrastructure (2019-present)

Traits: Campaigning Guru, Backbench Favourite, Media Unknown
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#38
When we took office, the NHS was suffering from nine years of Conservative austerity. Waiting lists were at their longest in history. Wait times, for everything from cancer care to A&E care, were at their highest levels since record keeping began. We knew that we had one chance to provide the historic investment that the NHS needed. And we did. Labour led the way in providing historic investment in the NHS.

As a result of our budget, the NHS has more resources than ever before to deliver care for every person in this country – whether you’re trying to see your GP, need emergency care, or find yourself checking into a hospital for surgery. That is a Labour achievement through and through. As a result of our budget, there are more resources than ever before for mental health and counseling. That is a Labour achievement through and through. As a result of our budget, there will be more doctors and nurses than ever in in the NHS. That is a Labour achievement through and through. Labour is delivering for the NHS – we did at budget and we will continue to with another term in office.
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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#39
Under the Conservatives, we saw public health budgets slashed in the most disadvantaged areas, especially in towns across the North. They deliberately chose to put the health of the most vulnerable at risk and widened inequalities, while protecting the richest few. But Labour has invested substantially in local public health provision because prevention means we can all live healthier lives for longer, while reducing the unacceptable inequalities in life expectancy that the Tories presided over. Thanks to Labour, local areas will have more investment to tailor to their health needs. While we haven’t been able to do everything on public health, we are just getting started.
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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#40
Labour has made much of their investments in Wales, but we cannot forget that it wasn't until the people of Wales sent a strong and vibrant delegation of Plaid Cymru MPs to Parliament that these much-needed changes began to be made. The people of Wales know that they've been left behind by London-based parties for far too long. That is why I am confident the shift to Plaid Cymru will continue, to ensure that any future government has the best interests of Wales in mind.
Owain Pugh MP
Plaid Cymru for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Campaigning Guru/Fundraising Extraordinaire/Media Darling/Maverick
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