Letters: Jo Rust, March 14, 2017

File photo dated 17/05/09 of The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London. MPs are braced for the publication of their scaled-back expenses regime. Parliament's new watchdog is to announce the details of the scheme it will be administering in the aftermath of the expenses scandal. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is likely to anger many MPs, who have already protested strongly against the body's initial proposals. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 29, 2010. See PA story POLITICS Expenses. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/05/09 of The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London. MPs are braced for the publication of their scaled-back expenses regime. Parliament's new watchdog is to announce the details of the scheme it will be administering in the aftermath of the expenses scandal. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is likely to anger many MPs, who have already protested strongly against the body's initial proposals. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 29, 2010. See PA story POLITICS Expenses. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
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On Wednesday the UK faced Philip Hammond’s first budget; a budget that he and Theresa May saw fit to giggle and laugh all the way through.

But their laughs don’t ring true for the majority of people I know. The words these two speak bear no relation to the reality of the matter. May, elected by absolutely no one as Tory leader, has claimed that she has a mandate and her party is delivering on their manifesto.

Well, let’s just have a quick recap on some of the key manifesto points and what they’ve actually done

National Insurance –manifesto said: “A Conservative Government will not increase the rates of VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance in the next Parliament.” Reality: Hammond has increased National Insurance for 2.5m self-employed people despite the fact they receive neither paid annual leave nor sick pay.

Running a surplus – manifesto said: “We will control spending, eliminate the deficit, and start to run a surplus. We will go from stuck in the red, to back in the black.” Reality: Hammond ditched the promise, the deficit is still huge, debt continues to grow and yet ordinary people are still paying the price through austerity.

Single market –manifesto said: “Yes to the single market.” Reality: Theresa May said: “I want to be clear. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.”

Cutting immigration – manifesto said: “[We] keep our ambition of delivering annual net migration in the tens of thousands.” Reality: Another broken promise. In fact, our area relies on immigration and while our MP votes to leave the European Union, without the free movement of travel he is condemning many businesses to disaster by cutting off workers.

Don’t even get me started on our NHS and social care system. So, please spare me the broken record on Labour’s failures.

This government is making so many people suffer, while wrapping it all up in the language of fairness. Time for a change.

Jo Rust

Secretary North West Norfolk Constituency Labour Party