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Emily's News LETíS HAVE ALL POLITICAL PARTIESí SPENDING PLANS PROPERLY SCRUTINISED FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2014

LETíS HAVE ALL POLITICAL PARTIESí SPENDING PLANS PROPERLY SCRUTINISED
FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2014

Working people in Sutton and Cheam are £1,600 per year worse off on average thanks to the Toriesí cost of living crisis. Due to the three damaging years of flatlining we saw after the last election, George Osborne is set to break his promise to balance the nationís books by next year. That means difficult decisions will have to be made after the next election. Labour has been clear that we will balance the books in the next Parliament, but we will do so in a fairer way including by reversing David Cameronís tax cut for millionaires.
In tough times itís even more important that the policies of all the parties are properly costed and funded. Thatís why Labour has asked the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) Ė the governmentís independent budget watchdog Ė to audit the costings of every spending and tax commitment in Labourís next election manifesto. Unfortunately, Lib Dem and Tories alike have rejected independent scrutiny of their proposed measures.
I want rigorous scrutiny of our next election manifesto and I think the Tories and Lib Dems should be willing to subject their manifestos to the same examination. This way people can be assured that parties arenít making irresponsible electoral promises which they wonít be able to back up later. Itís time to restore trust in politics and I think this is a step towards doing so.
It is clear that Paul Burstow and Paul Scully are running scared of having their own manifestoes properly audited, while wanting to make false claims about Labourís plans. Itís disappointing that they would take such a negative attitude towards giving people as much clear information as possible about their future tax and spending plans.
Weíre not running scared because Labour isnít afraid of letting the OBR and the public take a close look at our plans for a fairer Britain.
Moreover, I think that political parties should have their Manifesto equality impact assessed. There is a growing divide in Britain, so an independent spotlight on the fairness of proposed measures. We need the mirror held up to our ambition for One Nation, whilst exposing the Tory privileged few and Lib Dem broken promises.

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