This week in politics: Budget, banter and Irn Bru


Week in numbers

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 What the parties said

With the Budget taking place this week the focus was on the Conservatives, and particularly George Osborne. After much speculation Osborne delivered a relatively muted budget with only one ‘rabbit out of the hat’ moment when he announced a sugar tax to come into effect by 2017. However what seemed like a relatively uncontroversial Budget began to attract criticism later in the week when MPs began to question the proposed cut to the Personal Independence Payment by £1.5 billion. This predictably outraged Labour and the SNP but also raised the hackles of several Tory backbenchers who have said that they will not allow the cuts to be passed. Jeremy Corbyn said he would be pushing for a vote on the matter next week, with defeat looking increasingly likely for the Government on this measure.

In a sign of how difficult the current climate…

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