News From Westminster - 6/12/14



The Autumn Statement this week gave us the final proof, if it was ever in doubt. George Osborne and David Cameron have now broken every promise they ever made on the economy.

Autumn_Statement.JPGThey promised we’d be all in this together. But then they gave ­millionaires a huge tax cut.

They promised people would be better off. But most people are not feeling the recovery and working people are now £1,600-a-year worse off under the Tories.

And this cost-of-living crisis is why the Chancellor had to admit that his key promise – to balance the nation’s books by next year – now lies in tatters. Wages aren’t rising and too many are stuck in low-paid jobs, the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down aren’t coming in.

George Osborne has now borrowed a staggering £219billion more than he planned. And the economy is set to slow down next year and forecasts for wage increases have been revised down again.

How can this Government claim that the economy is fixed and its plan is working?

What we needed at the Autumn Statement this week was the better, fairer plan that Labour has set out.

Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free ­childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms.

There will need to be difficult decisions on spending, like cutting the winter fuel allowance from the richest five per cent of pensioners. And Labour won’t make any promises without saying where the money is coming from. But we will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion-a-year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

Changing stamp duty to help people on middle and low incomes is welcome, but we also need to get more homes built.  To help raise extra funds for our NHS we should ask those in high-value properties over £2 million to pay a bit more each year through a mansion tax.

With an extra £2.5 billion a year on top of Tory spending plans we can get the extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs we need to help transform our NHS and save it from the Tories.

George Osborne’s last Autumn ­Statement before the election has shown he is out of touch.   

We will need a Labour Government to make the changes Britain needs.




In just four years, David Cameron has turned the NHS from a service that was succeeding to a service in crisis. He has closed a quarter of walk-in centres,  wasted £3 billion on a top-down reorganisation that no one wanted, created a crisis in A&E, overseen a rise in waiting times, and scrapped Labour’s guarantee that patients could see a GP within 48 hours.

This week’s Autumn Statement was a chance for David Cameron to put things right and be straight with the public about his plans for our NHS.  A chance to rebuild trust after he chose to put its finances on a knife’s edge with his costly and damaging reorganisation.

But instead we got more of the same.

The Government’s promise to give an additional £2 billion to the NHS at the weekend, was already unravelling by the time the Autumn Statement was delivered.  Closer examination revealed the money isn’t new, much of it being recycled from within the Department of Health budget.

The Government’s spin is of no help at all to an NHS in real crisis now. They are offering nothing to ease the pressure this winter and only false promises for the future.

More broken promises this week confirm what we have always feared:  you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.

Labour will save and transform the NHS. Our plan is fully funded and will give the NHS £2.5billion a year over and above the plans left by this Government- delivering 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, while guaranteeing that everyone can see a GP within 48 hours.



We are getting used to David Cameron’s broken promises.

He promised to balance the books but he’s failed spectacularly and is now borrowing a staggering £219 billion more than he planned.

He promised to protect the NHS but his damaging £3 billion re- organisation has caused chaos and put NHS finances on a knife edge.  His pledge this week of £2 billion extra funds has already unravelled , as this is recycled cash from NHS budgets,- offering no help at all to ease the pressure this winter or to reassure us about the future of the NHS. 

He promised to get immigration down to tens of thousands- not ifs not buts.  But that target is in tatters too. 

And he promised rising living standards for all of us when in fact working people are £1600 worse off under the Tories- another broken promise.

The truth is that on just about every test he has set himself, David Cameron has failed.

He’s made breaking promises into an art form.



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