When Labour MPs voted against the Budget this week our opposition was based on rejection of specific policies, when it is the fundamentals of the economy and terms of political debate we must challenge.
Many fantastic mental health charities exist, which influence policy, address public attitudes and provide vital support to people living with mental illnesses. However, such organisations rarely finance research and as a result, charitable funding in the mental health sector is virtually non-existent.
For the time being the deal prevented Greece's exit from eurozone and endorsed the notion of a united European entity. But how long this can be sustained is a question that even the strongest empathisers of a collective European reality would want to conveniently skip.
In recent weeks, the Government has indicated it will be moving forward with far-reaching proposals to reform the planning system. 'Permitted Development Rights', as they are known, will make it easier for properties to be converted from office space to residential homes more easily.
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In Osborne-land, taxes were miraculously cut, a new living wage introduced, the government is finally on course to balance the books and a grateful nation walks happily into the sunlit uplands, thanking the Government. Back in the real world, 13million families will be £260 a year worse off.
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Entrepreneurs have played an important role in the UK's economic recovery and we are key to its continued economic success. Please ensure we are able to pay ourselves more than we shell out in taxes - if you do, I am sure that the country will prosper alongside us.
Three million working families will bear the brunt of the Chancellor's £4.5billion cuts to tax credits. These changes to tax credits - which he failed to outline prior to the election - penalise the very people in work who are trying to do the right thing by earning a wage to make ends meet.
Sorting out Britain's faltering productivity was at the heart of George Osborne's first Conservative budget. The focus makes sense: getting more people into work during the last parliament delivered the beginnings of an economic recovery; but if the Chancellor wants to create sustainable economic growth he is right to concentrate on getting productivity back on track.
It is time for Labour to stand up for the millions of people in our vital public services who have endured year after year of severe wage restraint and often felt they did not have an effective voice in parliament to fight their corner. It is not just a basic sense of fairness that should lead us to commit to finding savings so we can pay nurses, teachers and other public sector workers more. Rewarding and incentivising our public servants is also essential if they are to be effective partners in the drive to make sure services can change to meet the demands that will be placed on them in the years ahead.
George Osborne's budget speech was, as usual, a masterclass in combining the rhetoric of change with reality of continuity. Britain has, according to Osborne, left 'the age of irresponsibility' behind. There is very little basis for this claim. Instead, the Budget, Osborne's first without Lib Dem shackles, perpetuates his reckless stewardship of the British economy.
The way this Budget divides young and old is everything that's wrong with Westminster politics. Life has got much harder for young people and there seems to be no recognition of that or any attempt to correct it. I'm standing to lead Labour and take my party out of that bubble. Under my leadership, Labour will help everyone get on in life and not leave the younger generation behind.
This is a budget for working people, pure and simple. It's what makes me so proud to be a Conservative. Rewarding hard work is a central Conservative mission and today's budget couldn't show that better.