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Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:41 pm on 24th March 2011.

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Photo of Edward Balls Edward Balls Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 1:41 pm, 24th March 2011

On the latest figures, the British economy was not growing at all—in fact, it had contracted by 0.6%.

I see the hon. Gentleman’s press releases regularly. They come across my desk two or three times a day. I want to give him some support. [ Interruption. ] I want to give him some support. The hon. Gentleman has a campaign to reverse the cancellation of funding for a dilapidated school in his constituency following the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future. I am right behind him. He has called for a new pedestrian crossing and to unblock the money for it, which is being blocked by a Tory council. I am with him. He has campaigned to keep his local library open. I am right behind him on that one. He wants to keep Thetford forest safe. Yes, I am with him on that one. He asks how we can deal with the pressures on the voluntary sector. I have to say, I think that he is in the wrong party.

Under Labour’s plan, the economy was set to grow strongly. [ Interruption. ] I have just given the hon. Gentleman more publicity than he had in three months from all those press releases.