Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of Gordon Birtwistle Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrat, Burnley 3:15 pm, 25th March 2015

I thank the shadow Minister for inviting me to give my views on the fiscal situation. My constituency has seen unemployment fall from 7.5% to 2.5% and has received more than £50 million of Government money. I remember 1959, because I was 16 and had just started work. I canvassed for a guy called Arthur Davidson, who was a Labour Member, and he said the same old things that the Labour party always says: “Vote for us and there’ll be no problems. We’ll have full employment.” Well, I remember what happened after 1959, because I lived through it. It is very cruel of the hon. Lady to suggest that some of the thing we are agreeing to now are wrong—