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Tories out of touch

Theresa May’s first Budget was utterly complacent about the state of our economy ahead of Brexit. It was complacent about the crisis across our public services and entirely out of touch with the reality of life for many millions of people in this country.

While doing nothing to solve the crisis in the NHS, in social care or in schools — the Tories have continued with massive tax giveaways for those at the top.

After the Tories delivered their complacent budget, I told them that it lacked ambition and fairness for our country:

Watch and share: this budget is unfair
Today, Philip Hammond and Theresa May clobbered self-employed workers on low and middle incomes for £2 billion, while doing nothing to clamp down on insecure employment and low pay.

Labour is clear, we would introduce a real living wage of £10 per hour and give all workers equal rights from day one to tackle low pay and job insecurity.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can deliver a Labour government with the ambition to build a fairer Britain.

Jeremy Corbyn MP
Leader of the Labour Party

P.S. Don’t just get angry at this shocking Tory budget, get active and help us build a fairer Britain this weekend:

Join Labour members in Wallasey this weekend

On Saturday members in Wallasey will be campaigning against this complacent budget. They’re meeting at Sherlock House, 6 Manor Rd, Wallasey CH45 4JB, UK, at 1pm:

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How to have your say over the future of Liverpool Women’s Hospital

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Nigel Farage labels £350m NHS promise “a mistake”

Nigel Farage has admitted in a live interview with Good Morning Britain that the Leave campaign had made a mistake in its promise to pour £350 million a week into the NHS if Britain backed a Brexit vote. MORE

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Under the Tories: junior doctors bullied but …

NHS detractors warn that the service is a “bottomless pit”, yet all it needs is roughly the EU average, and for spending to rise with living standards.

In the winter crisis of 2000, Tony Blair promised to bring the UK up to the EU average – and Labour did. Its 7% rises saw the service measurably improve. But the NHS only reached that EU average briefly, before plunging down again.

The government hasn’t lied, or not quite. NHS funds have grown annually, but at just 0.9% a year for 10 years to 2020. It has never had so little. Since 1948 it has had an average 4% more a year, as numbers of the old rise, and expensive new technology and drugs save extra lives. MORE

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Liverpool Women’s Hospital

If the Danes, Swedes, French and Germans can spend more on health care without apparently bankrupting the rest of their economy, why can’t we?

Britain’s spending on its health service is falling by international standards and, by 2020, will be £43bn less a year than the average spent by its European neighbours, according to research by the King’s Fund. MORE

NHS workers protesting at the Conservative party conference in Manchester last October.

Guardian: You’ve been asked to have your say on the NHS. You just don’t know about it. (And the deadline is MONDAY)

In essence, the Dept of Health gives a mandate to the NHS, setting out objectives, waiting times, cancer treatment, mental health services etc, etc. A new mandate is being prepared and the Government is inviting public comments on what should be in it – but it isn’t making much of an effort to encourage people to comment – as this article makes clear.

After you have read the article you can give your views here – but don’t forget the deadline is MONDAY.
The A&E department at  University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on Tees, England

Photograph: Islandstock / Alamy/Alamy

Under the Tories: by 2020/21 we are likely to suffer “the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share of GDP in any period since 1951”

The Tories say NHS spending is growing, which it is – but more slowly than the economy is growing. So, under the Tories, the proportion of our national income spent on the NHS is F

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SOURCE KINGS FUND