Local Government Financing

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 8:25 pm on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer Conservative, Sherwood 8:25 pm, 29th June 2010

I pay tribute to my hon. Friends the Members for Wolverhampton South West (Paul Uppal) and for Dudley South (Chris Kelly), who made their maiden speeches today-although they caused me a little pain by referring to the mighty rise of Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion, as I recalled that Nottingham Forest's efforts to achieve promotion this year ended in dust. Fortunately, I was able to console myself then with the knowledge that, come the summer, England would probably win the World cup.

I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the series of Opposition Members who say, "We would have kept this or that bureaucratic scheme that would have protected vulnerable people", in the next breath say, "We would have made £40 million worth of cuts", and in the next breath do not specify where they would have made those cuts.

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