Commenting on the announcements at the Conservative Party Conference Mike O’Brien said,
“Politics is suddenly very simple. It’s in the party names. The Conservatives conserve the wealth of people with money and Labour will look after working people. The rest is detail.
“The average working family poorer by £1,600 per year since 2010, but George Osborne has now announced he will next target working people on the lowest wages for further cuts in income. Among the 10m families who receive tax credits to help them make ends meet are thousands of hard working families in this area. These are people in work, mostly with kids, some divorced or single Mums. George Osbourne has said he plans to make them even poorer by freezing their tax credits as prices in the shops continue to rise. The real unfairness is that this year the Conservatives helped the rich by giving tax cuts to those getting £150,000. This meant 14,000 millionaires were made richer.
“The deficit was caused by bailing out the bankers. The issue is who pays for the deficit? Mr Osbourne has both
defended banker’s bonuses and has now said he will make working people pay for bailing out the banks.
“By contrast, Labour last week announced it would increase taxes on the rich, impose a mansion tax on houses worth over £2m and control bankers bonuses.
“People in this constituency will decide for themselves what’s fair. Personally, I believe this government has been exposed as the most unfair government ever. There is now a massive political difference between the Conservatives and Labour. No one can ever say 'they are all the same'. The detail is stripped bare. The Tories have helped the rich, but Labour says it will represent the rest.”