Labour MPs for Southampton, Alan Whitehead and John Denham, and Labour’s Southampton Itchen candidate for 2015 Rowenna Davis, have responded to today’s Autumn Statement.
John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, said:
“What we needed to hear from the Chancellor was a plan to tackle Britain’s cost of living crisis. While millionaires get a tax cut, hard-working families in my constituency aren’t reaping the benefits from an economic recovery. The Tories and Lib Dems have the wrong priorities.
“Labour would freeze energy bills, expand free childcare and introduce a non-negotiable jobs guarantee for young people and the long-term unemployed. Nothing less will do”.
Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, said:
“Looking at the figures released today shows that there is a long way for the UK economy to go. In his Autumn Statement Osborne only told half the story – the OBR today downgraded its forecast for average wages but prices are growing as fast as they were before. This cost of living crisis means that people in Southampton will now see their living standards squeezed even further.
“In 2010 George Osborne promised the people of this country that he’d eliminate the deficit by 2015. Now he wants praise for planning to eliminate it in 2019. It’s ludicrous that he has had to revise every forecast he has made and is still urging us to follow the plan that has made the majority of the people in this country worse off. The Tories said we were all in this together. It’s astonishing how far from the truth this statement has turned out to be.”
Rowenna Davis, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen, said:
“In Southampton and across the country, people are struggling to make ends meet in the run up to Christmas, and in need of hope for the new year. In response this government has simply announced more pain. We desperately need action to rebalance the economy and support manufacturing, make our banking system work for people again and deal with the cost of living crisis. This government has failed to do that. It’s time for change. Labour will work with people to build a better Britain”