Liz responds to the Budget

After crashing our economy – and with soaring mortgages, rents and energy bills – this Budget was a chance to get our country back on track.

Instead, we learn growth has again been downgraded, real wages will be lower in 2026 than they were in 2010, and the hit to living standards is the largest since records began.

In this context it beggars belief that the Tories response was a permanent tax cut for the very richest 1 percent of workers.

Labour has a proper plan to get our economy firing on all cylinders, by backing the efforts and talents of working people and businesses across the country, creating half a million new jobs in renewable energy, fixing business rates, championing skills and helping new companies start up and grow.