Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

My dismay at last week's disappointing budget and its aftermath

Last week the Chancellor delivered his eighth budget which has led to further rifts in the Conservative Party. Following the budget announcement I made a speech in the Commons chamber to talk about the chancellor’s economic record.

I was dismayed at the content of the budget for many reasons including the lack of mention of help for the manufacturing industry, childcare costs and the Women Against State Pension Equality campaign (WASPI) which I have had a lot of involvement with.

I know these women will share my huge disappointment at being ignored when they have led such a high profile campaign to correct this injustice on pension age inequality.

There was also a distinct lack of mention about NHS deficits and child poverty from the Chancellor.

I find the economic situation just as disturbing with debt rising again, growth down, productivity down and George Osborne has already broken two of the three targets he set himself just last year.

Just two days after the budget was delivered came the unexpected resignation of senior Tory and now former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.

Whatever motivations people think was behind his resignation there is no denying that it comes a blow to the Chancellor and is an indication that there is growing anger in the Conservatives about the Chancellor’s economic failure.

Iain Duncan Smith cited the government’s welfare policies as the reason for his departure from the cabinet and made an admission that cuts to disabled people were unfair.

Whilst he is correct in what he says there will still be speculation of his motives for his resignation.

However, one thing is for certain and that is that the budget has led to even further damage to the Conservative’s unity and with deep divisions in the party over the EU referendum they look like a government tearing themselves apart at a time when they should be putting the British people first. 

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