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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: First, let me welcome any increase in jobs in our society, but when it comes to commenting on wages, does not the Chief Secretary to the Treasury agree that it ill becomes a multi-millionaire earning £145,000 a year, admittedly in a temporary job, and living in two grace-and-favour properties at the taxpayer’s expense to attack public sector workers—our hospital cleaners,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Wages (18 Jul 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: That is true—the Government privatised the jobs. I note that the Chief Secretary did not refute the fact that the Chancellor said that staff were overpaid. The Chancellor tried to justify his attack on public sector workers by trying the classic divide and rule between public and private sector workers, citing public sector pensions. Is the Chief Secretary aware that those supposedly...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement outlining the Government’s policies with regard to the public sector pay cap.

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I welcome the right hon. Lady to her post, but when we ask a question of the Chancellor, we would expect the Chancellor to respond to that question. We simply wanted clarity on whether the pay cap is still in force. That is all we asked for. The response that we have seen today confirmed what most commentators are now saying: this is not a Government; it is a Cabinet of absolute chaos. Let me...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: George never gave it back to me.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: The right hon. Gentleman fails to understand that we will gain an asset when we take over the railways. It will give us an income that will cover any borrowing costs, and as the franchises drop out, it will be cost-free.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: It will be managed by the people of this country, in whom I have confidence, not by the profiteers whom the right hon. Gentleman represents.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: It was increased under George Osborne and then cut back again. Let me remind the Chancellor of the Financial Times survey that found that the measures on tax evasion and avoidance introduced by Gordon Brown were 10 times more effective than anything that this Government have done.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I beg to move an amendment, at the end of the Question to add: “but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to end austerity in public services, to reverse falling living standards and to make society more equal; further regret that it contains no reference to an energy price cap and call on the Government to legislate for such a cap at the earliest opportunity; call on the...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I would check the hon. Gentleman’s facts, but let me say—[Interruption.] I suggest he goes back to other Labour Governments who increased employment in this country as a result of direct state investment: the Attlee Government in particular, and the Wilson Government. The issue for many of us is the quality of those jobs. The fact is that we now have people in employment who...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: The argument we heard was that corporation tax cuts would lead to a large-scale increase in business investment in our economy, but business investment fell last year for the first time since 2009. It remains lower than that in the rest of the G7 countries, with the exception of Italy. Corporations are now sitting on more than £580 billion of earned income that they are not investing....

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: In due course. Let us look at how seven years of austerity has contributed to the grotesque and widening levels of growth inequality in the UK. A report last year by Credit Suisse found that the richest 1% of people in the UK now own almost one quarter of the country’s wealth. The Sunday Times rich list told us that the richest 1,000 families in the UK had more than doubled their wealth...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: It is a party that has used the taxation system to cut corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and the bank levy, which has meant a redistribution from the poor to the wealthy.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: This is a Government who want to cut corporation tax from 28p—[Interruption.] I thought the right hon. Gentleman was referring to corporation tax. Remember who the capital gains tax cut is going to: the 60,000 wealthiest families in this country. That is what this cut is all about.

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: When it comes to—[Interruption.]

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I am sure that the Chancellor will fill us in on the details when he makes his speech. The reality is that when it comes to cutting taxes, what we have seen over the past seven years is the rich being treated to tax cuts while the poorest in society have seen their services demolished in front of our eyes. The increasing levels of poverty in our society are a direct result of the...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will give way in due course. Let us measure the impact of that record of tax cuts on the rest of society. It is important that we do so, because the Queen’s Speech promises more of the same. This could have been the Queen’s Speech that ended austerity once and for all, but it certainly does not do that. This is the record that the Chancellor says he is proud of. Is it a matter...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: One of the warnings from the Institute for Fiscal Studies is that inequality will increase on such a scale if the Government’s austerity programme continues. Are Government Members really proud that we have a Government who cannot adequately house their population?

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Certainly. Let me just finish this paragraph and then I will come straight to the hon. Lady. Can the Chancellor be proud that 4 million children in this country are trapped in poverty? It is not just children; the latest figures show that 14 million people in the UK are living in poverty, including 2 million pensioners, the very people the Conservatives were going to hit with the end of the...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I find it astounding that there can be that sort of complacency when we have such levels of poverty, homelessness and, yes, people going without food. People have to choose between heating and eating every winter. More than 80% of the Government’s austerity measures have fallen on women, but some of the hardest-hit people in the Chancellor’s record of pride have been disabled...


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