BUDGET “The truth is that the Government have divided our country. “With this Budget, they are doing absolutely nothing to bring it back together again.” MP STEVE REED
This Government have absolutely divided the country, MP Steve Reed has told Parliament during a debate on the Budget.
“They have divided different parts of the country and communities from each other. “I will give a statistic that shows how they have done it.
“Since they came to power in 2010, the 10 poorest councils in the country have experienced cuts 17 times bigger than those faced by the 10 richest.
“If that is not divisive, I do not know what is. “This is happening on top of the fact that jobs have been lost to automation, factories have moved abroad, British people are denied the investment, skills and training that they need to compete in a global economy, and wages are stagnating.
“The Tories have made all this worse by targeting the poorest communities for the biggest scale of cuts. “They have put the greatest burden on the weakest shoulders, and they have done so as a deliberate political tactic.
“Only yesterday we saw the Chancellor standing at the Dispatch Box proposing to raise taxes. “Conservative Members will have to vote on that, and it will be very interesting to see how many follow it through and how many do not.”
Mr Reed, who is Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society), added: “The truth is that the Government have divided our country. “With this Budget, they are doing absolutely nothing to bring it back together again.”