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Tax Credits

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:23 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 2:23 pm, 20th October 2015

My hon. Friend is right, and as far as the public are concerned Conservative Members have lost the argument. It is now time for their constituents to ensure that they support the changes that we propose, and that they hold the Government to account at the next election.

Mr Davis has described the use of a statutory instrument as an attempt to avoid scrutiny, and on 6 October he said:

“The Government has to balance the books, but the burden shouldn’t be on the poorest…I hope this doesn’t turn out to be our poll tax.”

Even the Bow Group, which perhaps speaks for several Conservative Members who may not be able to speak today, has said:

“Tax Credit cuts could damage Britain’s entrepreneurial economy and the Conservative Party’s claim to be the workers party”.