Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 4:32 pm on 10th October 2011.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 4:32 pm, 10th October 2011

The hon. Gentleman is the shadow Chancellor’s Parliamentary Private Secretary—[Hon. Members: “No, he’s not.”] Oh, he has been promoted! It is a complete clear-out. Well, well. We are very pleased to see that the shadow Chancellor is still in his place.

Let me draw the hon. Gentleman’s attention to what was said by Digby Jones, one of the members of the last Government. [Interruption.] It is funny how Labour Members disown these people. They booed Tony Blair, and now they are attacking their former Trade Minister. Anyway, he said that the Labour leadership was

“displaying poor statesmanship at a time when the country needs leaders, not players to a union gallery”.

He also said that their policies were

“a kick in the teeth for the only sector that generates wealth, that pays the tax and creates the jobs” in this country. He added:

“Pro-business? Not!”

It is the businesses that will create the jobs in this country, and being the anti-business party will not get Labour anywhere.