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Autumn Statement: Labour’s Chris Vince reacts: “Goes to show thirteen years of failure by Conservative government”

News / Thu 23rd Nov 2023 at 07:22am

LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Chris Vince has said that yesterday’s Autumn statement ‘only goes to exemplify the failure of 13 years of a Conservative Government. With growth much lower than predicted and inflation and interest rates remaining high, Conservative failure means higher mortgage rates and food costs for Harlow residents.’ 

He went on to say that ‘despite Conservative claims to the contrary the tax burden is still going to rise to the highest it has been since the second World War.  This is because tax thresholds are not rising with inflation, so in effect any proposed tax cuts are being paid for by raiding our pay checks.  Working people in Harlow are paying more, yet our services continue to be cut by this government.’ 

In response to the Autumn statement in the House of Commons Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said ‘the Economy is set to be £40bn worse off by 2027 than the chancellor predicted in March.  Mortgages rising, taxes eating into wages, Inflation high with prices still going up in the shops, Working people are still worse off.’ 

Labour’s first mission in government will be to secure the highest sustained growth in the G7 – with good jobs and productivity growth in every part of the country making everyone, not just a few, better off.  This will mean your income growing faster than your outgoings, so you feel better off. 

Sadly this autumn statement shows once again that we have a government which has run out of steam and has no plan to solve the issues residents in Harlow face.  It’s time for change. 

The shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves’ full response to the autumn statement can be found below.

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20 Comments for Autumn Statement: Labour’s Chris Vince reacts: “Goes to show thirteen years of failure by Conservative government”:

James Leppard
2023-11-23 07:58:29

As usual, Chris Vince paints the sunlit uplands under Labour without one shred of evidence as to how this glorious prospect of: "highest sustained growth in the G7 – with good jobs and productivity growth in every part of the country making everyone, not just a few, better off. This will mean your income growing faster than your outgoings, so you feel better off". It is the script of the infant school playground. Everybody must know that every country has suffered the consequences of the pandemic on public finances and the inflation caused by Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. This is not peculiar to the UK and Labour knows this. They also have no alternative plans other than meaningless platitudes. Furthermore, Chris Vince and Harlow Labour have been noticeably silent on the Israel/Gaza conflict, even though many of them have supported the Palestinian cause in the past. Is it possible that they are entirely oblivious to the events taking place? Is Chris Vince's feeble response in a recent YH interview that: "nobody had mentioned it to him on the doorstep" the sort of leadership we would expect from a prospective MP. Like his economics, barely credible.

RayMo
2023-11-23 08:00:17

The tories were only the warm up act, the main event is waiting in the curtains. Grab your popcorn.

Pedro
2023-11-23 08:12:35

Just take a look at how many Labour run local councils are either Bankrupt or on the verge of bankruptcy, if they can't run councils how will they ever run the country.

Adam
2023-11-23 08:25:07

James inflation was not caused by war with Russia really. It was caused by a couple of things one you idiots printing money to close the economy for a cold and committing the largest human rights violation a gov of the UK as committed. Though on that one your in good company as Chris wanted longer and harder lockdown which shows his intellect and capability. Yes some inflation came from increasing energy prices but that is because we are not energy independent and years of insane net zero talk has lead us to be a net energy importer. So again it was consequence of governments actions. because ultimately I am not sure who you all work for but it is not the average people of this country. You put up employer costs with your 10% increase in the minimum wage which costs you nothing but many businesses everything. None of you have ever created a damn thing outside of stealing from people via either taxation or banking. At the GE you are going to be rightly destroyed, it is time you party died and we got a party which believed in low taxation, small state and leaving people the hell alone.

James Leppard
2023-11-23 09:08:21

Adam, well as to your conclusion re small state, low taxation and individual freedom and responsibility, which I also aspire to, we won't get that with a Labour government ever.

adam
2023-11-23 09:45:38

James we have not got it with a conservative government with an 80 seat majority either, highest tax burden post war. I am a small business owner, worked hard, employee people etc what should be a natural conservative voter. But never again will I vote for you, if that means labour then fine there is no difference between the parties. Both want big state, high taxes, people working for large soulless corporations, with people trapped in debt and dependency to government.

Tony Edwards
2023-11-23 12:56:20

James - a few uncomfortable facts from the Office of Budget Responsibility re the Autumn Statement. ------------- 1. "Living standards, as measured by real household disposable income per person, are forecast to be 3.5% lower in 2024-25 than their pre-pandemic level." 2. "Tax changes in this Autumn Statement reduce the tax burden by 0.7% of GDP, but it still rises in every year to a post-war high of 37.7% of GDP by 2028-29." 3. "By 2028-29, frozen thresholds result in nearly four million additional workers paying income tax, three million more being moved to a higher rate and 400,000 more paying the additional rate”.

James Leppard
2023-11-23 14:54:01

Tony, I am a strong supporter of a low tax, smaller state economy. Every western country has suffered from the cost of the pandemic and the high rise in energy and grain prices resulting from Putin's war. These are now falling. The Autumn Statement is turning the page and will improve during 2024. However, you completely avoid addressing my question as to what Labour would do differently (concrete facts and plans and not wishful thinking) to stimulate growth and investment. So far, nothing of substance. Also, nothing from Harlow Labour on their position regarding the Middle East conflict. Robert Halfon has expressed his views on YH. Surely, it incumbent on a prospective Parliamentary candidate to have some opinion? So far, despite direct letters to Chris Vince on YH, complete silence.

Marie
2023-11-23 16:20:06

Labour would end non dom tax status and would close other tax loop holes. They would also recover the millions lost to fraud during the pandemic. That's a good start

Marie
2023-11-23 16:23:53

Labour would end non dom tax status and would close other tax loop holes. They would also recover the millions lost to fraud during the pandemic. That's a good start

Alderman Durcan
2023-11-23 17:37:47

Sadly yet another example of political spin and not a very good one from the Tory councillor Tory attack the person not the policy Tories blend the story into something by mentioning the horrific actions in the Middle East. No wonder that so many hard working people switch off from politics and pointless politicians.

James Leppard
2023-11-23 20:06:47

Alderman Durcan, with all due respect, there have been two open letters on YH questioning Harlow Labour's utter silence on the awful situation in the Middle East. Our MP has made his position abundantly clear on this. Why can't Harlow Labour respond? What is the issue? As for the economy, the post by Chris Vince is full of gloss, but no hard policies as to how this is to be achieved. As for people switching off from politics, you and your esteemed colleagues hardly help when you treat a serious public consultation with complete derision and contempt.

Tiredoffailedpoliticalnorms (especially recycled failed PMs)
2023-11-24 07:38:58

Mr Leppard, oh dear , now we have spoken about this before! STICK TO THE TOPIC! Here it is the autumn statement, your Tory attack dog tactics are unwelcome and misplaced ! Once again you resort to the cheap desperation tactics of deflection. However , if you insist on wandering off topic…let’s go back to discussing the SFG shambles and the absolute disgraceful way this government and Mr Halfon have and continue to fail the unfortunate local pupils in your own town! Back on the actual topic.. the UK financial situation was undeniably precipitated by the disastrous Truss Conservative government ….. time for change (ps and that does not mean recycling failed former PMs …another example of breathtakingly desperate state of affairs within the Conservative Party/ Government!!)

James Leppard
2023-11-24 08:41:26

Tiredoffailedpoliticians. If you look at my comments, the main focus is regarding the Autumn Statement and enquiring what are Labour's plans to achieve their lofty goals. I don't know if you watched 'Question Time' last night; a programme has fallen in quality. However, watching be Alison McGovern, Labour MP for Wirral South and currently shadow employment minister., explain how the panacea to close a £12 bn funding gap through a new planned non-dom tax that is forecast to raise £ 1 bn was both embarrassing and excruciating. The ghost of Diane Abbot mathematics appear to be alive and well within Labour. As for the Middle East, two letters have been published on YH specifically seeking clarification of Harlow Labour's stance. They have received no reply, which hardly courteous.

Alderman Durcan
2023-11-24 09:27:08

James spin all you like and use every trick to avoid the truth. Gas lighting is the popular reply by you and the MP. Truth sometimes hurts and Harlow and the country is hurting. We deserve better and until you accept the truth,the people of Harlow will carry on not trusting you. If you really care go speak to the people standing in the cold waiting for the food bank to open. If you really care go visit the overcrowded A&E dept. Stop lecturing and start listening. You might actually learn something.

Kim Oconnor
2023-11-24 09:39:17

Alderman, spot on. People are hurting, people are struggling, because this government is bleeding its people dry.. you up something and take away something else, still haven't stopped fleecing us yet, with gas and electricity going up further still in January.. you councils, this government are a shambles..A greedy shambles.

Tiredoffailedpoliticalnorms (especially recycled failed PMs)
2023-11-24 11:13:44

James Leppard, again deflection and this does not change the point . Stay on topic! The dubious mathematical skills of MP’s on all sides is not a surprise and crosses most parties. Your tendency to go to cheap playground name calling remains irrelevant and once again fails to serve the Harlow electorate. However, in relation to the actual topic in hand, number blindness is clearly an issue within the government which seems oblivious to the widely and, to be clear independently, reported effect if the chancellor’s £20 Bn cut to public service budget. How this will adversely affect government departmental budgets should be clear (goodness knows they have been under funded for the last 13 years.) This will for example impact the ability of the DfE to resolve issues like the chaos of RAAC , and the need upgrading of schools, let alone resolving the local SFG fiasco. The last episode of which, clearly being a result of DfE short cutting security costs! This sir IS what it’s truly embarrassing for the DfE, Government and Mr Halfon, ( thou not of course the valiant log suffering pupils, parents and staff). Finally, as we are now on the topic of embarrassment, the fowl language of the ( yet another) new Home Secretary and his mealy mouthed “apology “ shows an ongoing contempt for the north of the country and the public. By your own account is “hardly courteous” by any measure embarrassing. Would you not agree?

Seamus
2023-11-24 13:40:43

Mr Vince is right to point out the tory failure of the last 13 years but at the same time he must also accept the failure of labour to be electable as a government for the last 13 years as well. Whilst the budget gave the impression of giving to joe public, it never has, it's a smokescreen in how they let you have a small pittance of our own money. Labours just as bad. The much claimed nom dom will only give labour around 3 billion a year in a pot where 27 billion is needed. No doubt if labour get in they will do nothing for 4 years other than blame the tories and achieve nothing. If Labour and the tories are our only two options, is it really worth voting at all? It's a bit like a two horse race where the horses draw, the bookies are laughing all the way to the bank and the mug punters (in this case us voters), lose everything. Time to try another horse methinks

James Leppard
2023-11-24 14:04:50

Tiredoffailedpoliticalnorms (especially recycled failed PMs. Yes, disagree with James Cleverly description of a particular northern city/town. I personally adore much of the North. When returned to the UK from Argentina in 2018, we seriously at places like: Richmond, Harrogate, Knarsborough, York and Durham all very charming your £ goes much further. In the end family considerations prevailed.

Tiredoffailedpoliticalnorms
2023-11-24 21:58:02

Mr Leppard, indeed much to love up north!

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