Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:25 pm on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 4:25 pm, 14th March 2017

Not only do we get lobbied in our surgeries but we get lobbied at home—my son, a self-employed electrician, was speaking to me about this the other day. Not only is he being hammered for NICs, but he is having to do quarterly tax returns—he is tempted to vote Labour! That is the unfortunate side effect, from the Government’s point of view. Does my hon. Friend accept that the Conservatives are no longer the party of the self-employed—the party of white van man and woman? They are the party of themselves, and of the wealthy, the rich and those who are not bothered by what have been described as “pitiful” sums of money.