Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jeremy Browne

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Jeremy Browne: I have heard it said that I was the only Minister in history to have been sacked for being too supportive of the Government. Although the decision to determine my future may or may not have been wise—others can judge that—I remain unequivocally enthusiastic about this Government, as I am about the Budget statement made by the Chancellor today. That is what I want to speak about in what...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Jeremy Browne: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Jeremy Browne: rose—

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for letting me make a short contribution to this debate. I want to make only two main points—a practical one and a philosophical one—but first, let me make a brief political point. I say this as impartially as it is possible for an aligned Member of the House of Commons to be: it is a great tragedy for the Labour party, but actually a sadness...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I will do, and thank you for your guidance. I will move on to my practical and philosophical points. My practical point echoes much of what was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre Forest (Mark Garnier). The basics of being a globally successful, wealth-creating economy are not that difficult to grasp. What we have to do is make sure that businesses can start up, expand and create...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I do not understand why so many Members of Parliament have such an antagonistic attitude towards people who start up businesses, create wealth and employ people.

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: In a moment—the hon. Gentleman has only just come into the Chamber. It seems to me that those people should be lauded and celebrated for their achievements, and they should pay a reasonable amount of tax—and they do under this Government—but they should not be reviled by politicians. The reason why unemployment is falling and the economy is growing is that we have more wealth creation,...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I have not the faintest idea what the hon. Gentleman is talking about. It seems like complete nonsense. I am not in favour of punishing anybody. If people can keep a higher proportion of the product of their labour, they will be incentivised to keep working and be productive. That applies to people who are earning £20,000, and who have seen a big cut in their income tax under this...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I do agree with that, although I do not always agree with everything put forward by those on the Government Front Bench. For example, it is important—as the hon. Member for Wyre Forest said—that we should remain a member of the European Union. I know that some Conservative Members are uncomfortable with that, but we are part of the world’s biggest single market. It is an attraction to...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: Let me finish this point. The crucial philosophical problem I have with a 50p tax rate is the underlying presumption that the state co-owns your income with you, and that when you work you are in a 50:50 shareholding relationship and for every extra hour of work you do, half the money belongs to the former Member for Shipley and half belongs to you. It is as though it is good of him that he...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I will finish in a moment, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have not abandoned that, which is why people earning up to £10,500 pay no income tax under this Government, whereas under Labour the relevant figure was £6,500. Of course there is then a standard rate and a higher rate. The hon. Gentleman made a mistake in his speech when he talked about tax cuts for millionaires. Let me give an example,...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I am grateful, Madam Deputy Speaker, but I do not really understand in what way it was inaccurate to say that was misleading, because it clearly was misleading.

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I am extremely apologetic for implying that somebody who earns £160,000 a year is not a millionaire if they have only just started earning that amount, and—

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I withdraw the remark that I made a few moments ago and I apologise, of course, for behaving inappropriately in my speech. I conclude, as you would wish me to do, Madam Deputy Speaker, before we have the wind-ups, by urging the House to reject the motion, which would make the country as a whole poorer and make it harder for us to fund the public services on which everybody, including the...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: rose—

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: I am always respectful of good arguments in this House; I just do not understand the hon. Lady’s argument that the way to help with youth unemployment is to have a much higher top rate of personal tax than existed under Tony Blair. We have had a fall in youth unemployment under this Government. We have had a fall since the top rate of tax was cut from 50p to 45p, and we have a much lower...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: My right hon. Friend’s memory has momentarily failed him. The previous Labour Government did not abolish the 10p rate; they doubled the 10p rate. Everybody who was paying a marginal rate of tax at 10p started paying 20p. Some of the poorest people in my constituency and his were clobbered with a doubling of their tax rate under the previous Labour leader.

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Income Tax (5 Nov 2014)

Jeremy Browne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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