LABOUR CREDIBILITY IN QUESTION AFTER TAX CUT NO-SHOW
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:56
MACDONALD SLAMS MICHAEL CONNARTY AS LABOUR LET THE TORIES OFF THE HOOK
Labour’s credibility is severely in question after the party abstained in a vote last night, forced by the SNP and Plaid Cymru, opposing Tory plans to cut the top rate of tax for the highest earners.
Despite vocal opposition and several pledges from shadow chancellor Ed Balls to vote against the measure, in an embarrassing no-show Labour MP’s failed to vote against the measure in the Commons. The Government won the vote on the 45p rate by 319 to 22, a majority of 297. Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls specifically said last week "There will be a vote next week, we will vote against the 50p. It's the wrong tax cut at the wrong time.”
Slamming local Linithgow & Falkirk East Labour MP Michael Connarty, Angus MacDonald said:
“After claiming they opposed the Tories tax cut for millionaires, Labour’s credibility is now severely in question after this embarrassing no-show. Only about 15,000 people in Scotland will benefit from this tax cut for the rich.
Since the Budget, Ed Ball’s has been in and out of television studios blustering about the Chancellor’s tax plans and promising to oppose them – but at the first opportunity to vote against this unfair Tory plan and Labour abstain. Yet again Labour are letting the Tories off the hook.
While Labour capitulate, the SNP will oppose the Tories unfair Budget which punishes pensioners and public sector workers and does nothing to stimulate the economy.
This was not a budget for Scotland and is proof of the urgent need for Scotland to have control over financial powers with independence.”