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2015 Budget: the political reaction

 

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a number of measures in his Budget Speech, revealing employment figures and growth predictions for the rest of the decade. He spoke positively on the progress that the Government has made in reducing the deficit and the possibility of a budget surplus. However, the other political parties were less encouraged.

 

In response to the Budget Speech, Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, said: ‘The working people of Britain are worse off under the Tories . . . and since the election working people’s living standards are £1600 a year down’.

 

He continued: ‘Today the Chancellor simply reminded people of the gap between the Chancellor’s rhetoric and the reality of peoples’ lives’.

 

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett described Mr Osborne’s tone as ‘triumphalist’, and said: ‘It’s not like our current growth economy has delivered for people’s lives. What we need to do is invest in a huge range of things’.

 

Stewart Hosie, Scottish National Party (SNP) deputy leader and Treasury spokesman, commented: ‘Today George Osborne could have delivered a Budget focused on delivering economic growth by tackling inequality.

 

‘He has not – he has decided to continue with his utterly failed austerity agenda.’

 

Prime Minister David Cameron defended the Government’s successes, saying: ‘The highest employment rate in our history is not a dry fact, it means more people with the security of a pay packet and a brighter future’.