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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:36 pm on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 1:36 pm, 22nd March 2016

That language has been used by the Conservative party. Let me return to the Budget. James Cleverly, who has now left us, asked me to return to the Budget, so let me press on.

Even worse, there is still no certainty about further welfare cuts. We were told yesterday by the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions—this was repeated today—that there were to be no further cuts to welfare in this Parliament. Within minutes, the Treasury were briefing to correct the Secretary of State, as that then became “no planned cuts”. There is complete confusion—chaos on chaos. Nobody believes or has any confidence in the mealy-mouthed assurances that are being given today.