Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 6:45 pm, 5th February 2019

Earlier this afternoon, in your absence, Mr Speaker, we had a striking contrast in both the style and content of the Secretary of State’s presentation on local government financing and the Opposition spokesman’s response. On the one hand, we had someone calm and measured who, with his experience as Security Minister and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has dealt with real crises, perhaps not least his own cancer. On the other hand, we had Andrew Gwynne, who was more purple than reddish with indignation as he made his remarks about how his party would never do anything to hurt the people. He said that we must grow the cake. We in Gloucester remember how Labour grew the cake, and he would do well to listen.