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  • TREASURY MINISTER ARGUES AGAINST CALLS FOR HIGHER TAXES ON BBC NEWSNIGHT

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride appeared on BBC Newsnight on Tuesday in his capacity as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Mr Stride spoke about the importance of getting the balance right between continuing to get the deficit down and investing in public services. Asked whether increasing taxation was the answer to generating more money to spend on public services, Mr Stride responded:

    “We want to take the pressure of hard-pressed households. This means not over-burdening them with extra taxes. The kind of tax and tax, spend and spend policy that the Labour Party will pursue will not leave people better off, it will leave them much worse of and in the long-term it will derail all the hard work we have done over the past few years.”

    Asked about funding for Social Care Mr Stride said:

    “We have already put £2billion into social care and the reason we’ve been able to do that is because of our stewardship of the economy has been responsible. If you go for more tax and spending we will be back to 2010.”

    Mr Stride also referred to the green paper the Government will publish this summer on the future of social care, which will build on the additional £2billion the Government will spend over the next three years. Mr Stride appeared on the programme alongside Labour MP and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Bowd MP.

    Photo: Rt Hon. Mel Stride MP being interviewed by Evan Davis on BBC Newsnight in his ministerial role as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.







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