It is always said you need to go through the budget in a lot of detail over a number of days before drawing final conclusions. However it is possible to draw a number of early conclusions which are worth keeping in mind amongst the blizzard of numbers and promised spending increases
1 It is not a budget to stop climate change . After last weeks green policy announcements the budget poured cold water on the governments green agenda and the decision to freeze petrol duties for a 12th year, a £21bn spend on new roads and reduce taxes on flights inside the UK is both bizarre and risks undermining our case at the upcoming COP26 conference. It is clear the government are outsourcing climate change to the private sector
There is much concern about this bill currently passing through Parliament. A coalition of pro-democracy organisations has come together to write to the newly appointed minister. The text of the letter clearly decribes the dangers of the bill. Further in formation is available from https://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/ Read on for the full text of the letter
From motions to keynote speeches to training, there was something for everyone and the quality of debate was, as ever, excellent.
We also got a huge amount of press coverage. Our stunning win in Chesham and Amersham has put us back in the spotlight - and the media are beginning to see that only we can dismantle the Tory Blue Wall.
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