Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Stephen Metcalfe MP asks Labour to apologise to the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock in PMQs

Today Local MP Stephen Metcalfe rose to the floor of the House of Commons to ask the Prime Minister if he agreed that Labour should apologise to the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock for the mess they left the country in.

In a heated Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Metcalfe managed to get the last word when he asked David Cameron: “Does the Prime Minister agree that one does not solve a debt crisis by borrowing more, and that for the Opposition to have any credibility they need to acknowledge the mess they made, apologise to my constituents, and just say sorry?”

To which the Prime Minister, in full agreement, responded: “My hon. Friend is absolutely right. On the Government Benches, we know we have to get borrowing down. Frankly, in the past week what we have seen is the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) in his true colours: too weak to stand up to the shadow Chancellor on the deficit, too weak to stand up to his Back Benchers on welfare, and too weak to stand up to the trade unions on just about anything.”

“It was a week in which he said goodbye to David Miliband and hello to George Galloway. No wonder Tony Blair said that they are fellow travellers, not leaders. He was absolutely right.”

Mr Metcalfe has long been campaigning for an apology from Labour for their actions in Government which left this country with the highest budget deficit of any major economy in the world and the highest deficit in our peacetime history. Despite this, Labour still refuse to admit they spent and borrowed too much.

The Conservative Government have had to take swift, decisive action to combat the problems imposed by Labour involving sweeping cuts to public spending. As a result, the deficit has been cut by a third, the private sector has created more than a 1.25 million new jobs since the election and 250,000 small businesses have been created since the election.

Mr Metcalfe later commented: “It is outrageous that Labour Ministers think it is ok to run our country into the ground and not have the decency to apologise. Until they do, they cannot speak with any credibility on the economy. The people of South Basildon and East Thurrock deserve better and whilst it is taking longer than anticipated, I have full confidence that this Conservative Government can deliver.”