Budget 2017: 10 new Tory failures

Alison McGovern MP  |  9 March 2017

Progress chair Alison McGovern MP examines the 10 most egregious failures in Philip Hammond’s first budget Failure to even mention Brexit, the single biggest issue our country faces in the next 10 years. The Office for Budget Responsibility states that they have asked for more detail on Brexit in order to make their forecasts, and still the government …

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Budget 2017: Credit where it’s not due

Ella Crine  |  8 March 2017

Labour cannot allow the Tories to claim their regressive changes to Britain’s tax credit system help to redress economic imbalance, writes Ella Crine I love a good national statistic, or a graph. But when economic issues  strike me most, is when they unexpectedly impact my decisions. The things I, as a relatively new taxpayer, decide to do with …

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Budget 2017: Brexit black hole

Mary Creagh MP  |  8 March 2017

The government’s insouciance towards the future of Britain’s chemicals industry post-Brexit may come at a great price, writes Mary Creagh MP After the chancellor delivers his budget speech today there will be a lot of talk about how the economy is doing following the referendum. Do not be fooled by Leavers’ assertions that the Remain campaign’s …

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Remembering the Matchgirls’ strike

Lyn Brown MP  |  8 March 2017

All children should learn about the hidden story of the Matchgirls’ strike, argues Lyn Brown MP The received wisdom is that the heroic London dockers of 1889 led the way towards social justice, greater equality and spurred the foundation of the Labour movement. In fact it was London’s working class women, a year earlier, who were the vital …

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Budget 2017: 20 Tory failures

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 March 2017

From abandoning their deficit targets to slashing funding for education, it is clear the Tories are failing on their own terms, argues Progress chair Alison McGovern MP Debt The Tories have delayed their target on debt three times since 2010 Background: Their original target (2011) was to have debt falling by 2015-16. Then in 2014 that was …

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Budget 2017: Labour must set the agenda

Alison McGovern MP  |  8 March 2017

Only the Labour party can tackle the big economic challenges facing Britain, writes Progress chair Alison McGovern Today is Philip Hammond’s first budget. He will dress up continued growth as a his party’s success, but with wages falling in real terms and seven years of budget cuts, economic growth is not being felt by British …

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