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Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 20th October 2015.

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Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Conservative, Lewes 5:45 pm, 20th October 2015

I am grateful to be able to speak on this difficult and contentious issue, and it is important to consider all the arguments, including economic ones, for why these changes are necessary. Only last week we debated the charter for budget responsibility, and there was unanimous support among Conservative Members for running a surplus in normal times, so that if we again strike a period of economic slowdown, we will have money for our vital services. Many Labour Members acknowledged and agreed with that. We must tackle the country’s deficit and debt, and to achieve that we must reduce public spending.