Budget 2021: Funding for Tory-held towns 'looks fishy,' says Starmer
04/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,919
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends allocations from the Towns Fund as "completely impartial".
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How's Rishi's wife and her non-dom tax status by the way............
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04/03/2021 16:40:41 33 20
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Or do what the Scottish "government" does. Just don't answer the questions and ignore the public completely.
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04/03/2021 16:23:10 269 43
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To be fair it is entirely possible for these towns to be picked on the metrics and also be overwhelmingly Tory, because left-behind towns tended to be pro-Brexit and swung Tory in 2019 off the Brexit vote.

That said, the National Audit Office have concerns and they are an independent body whose job it is to keep an eye on government spending, so this shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.
Yeah. 40 out of 45 constituencies. 40 out of 45 - and even when it’s this blatant they are excused by their equally corrupt supporters. Removed
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As someone who lives in the north I see nowhere in the list of towns in the North East, North West, Yorshire and Humber or East Midlands who is not an area that's suffered for decades.
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Lol
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Lots of places that had never voted Tory b4 did in 2019 - pllaces like Grimsby - first time in 70 years !!!!!
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04/03/2021 17:31:23 0 3
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Who is in charge? Labour?
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04/03/2021 17:58:59 3 2
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Which constituencies that Labour actually won do you think should have been included. The problem is that Labour lost a lot of its support outside the big cities. Places like Mansfield are deprived and are places that Labour should win if they ever want to govern the country. Corbyn was a disaster for Labour
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04/03/2021 18:08:51 1 0
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Because anyone who disagrees with you MUST be corrupt mustn't they?

I am a Green but I find the kind of aggressive argument you make just drives people to the Tories. People who argue this way are one of the reasons the Tories win.

I live in Swindon; it's got Tory MPs/Council but it has become massively run down over last 20 years. It never gets central funds. Why should it not get them?
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04/03/2021 19:18:20 1 0
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Well Jamster, these traditional Labour voting constituencies voted Tory after decades of disappointment under a variety of Labour Governments. At last a Government that honours its promises. Maybe if Blair, Brown, Corbyn hadn’t taken the traditional Labour vote for granted it would be different. No bias just a government trying to make a difference.
05/03/2021 11:03:50 0 0
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Jamster, apply some logic to your moans please. It is entirely possible, even probable, that these 40 were former Labour strongholds that NEVER received ANY help from their so-called allies and all this is doing is REALLY levelling up for decades of under-funding (and yes, underfunding from both major parties but where it was the expected norm for the Tories it shouldn't have been under Labour)!!
05/03/2021 12:00:35 0 0
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So by your assumption, the majority of the electorate is corrupt?
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Genuine question, how many of those were Labour pre 2019 GE?
05/03/2021 14:43:59 0 1
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If Labour had done better in the general election they might have had more....
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no surprise it always Tory plans to fund Tory areas

and that is why the country is failing and falling apart
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Oh Deer me here we go again.
Sir Keir Starmer had no answers to the budget. The Nasty Horrible Tory's increased corporation tax on the hated big business.

So what does he do? Run straight home to mother and start stoking up the politics od division, them and us and hate.

Same old same old unelectable Labour!
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Is that the same Kier Starmer who, as Attorney General, conveniently overlooked the thousands of crimes against young ladies in case it upset his voters in northern towns?

Let's be honest, he's as mad as Magic Grandpa was. No change there then...
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Wrong 1) He was never Attorney General.
Wrong 2) He was not the one that overlooked crimes against young ladies.
Apart from that you are completely right.

Sorry to spoil your ill informed rant.
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You mean the vile crimes that are hardly ever mentioned by the Guardian, BBC etc? Can you imagine if the background of the victims and criminals were reversed how much media coverage and statue removal there'd be?
Do you know what's fishy? Starmer's campaign top campaign donors.:
Trevorr Chin (executive of BICOM, Israel political lobby)
Martin Taylor (former exec of Barclays, attended Bildeberg meetings).
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04/03/2021 17:10:56 1 0
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For one who ostensibly is well informed, you spout nonsense and poor spelling.
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Russian socialite, 48, becomes Tory party's biggest female donor with gifts of £1.7m | Daily Mail Online

Russian socialite, 48, becomes Tory party's biggest female donor with gifts of £1.7m - including £45,000 to play tennis with Boris Johnson and £135,000 for dinner with Theresa May
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It's going to be 'hold your nose to vote Tory' in future. The stench of corruption, cover ups, bullying etc will become too much for even HYS tories in the near future.
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04/03/2021 17:21:34 1 3
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Are you unable to think for yourself after that pointless statement!!!
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Starmer is as useless as Corbyn who is a terrorist supporting upper-class public schoolboy, I havnt heard Sir Kneel support terrorists but he’s another upper-class public school boy. Removed
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Your libellous post WILL be removed.
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Please give a reference to ANYWHERE Mr Corbyn supported terrorism.

He was a total pacifist and wanted no violence against ANYONE.

In my opinion, his stance on UK Defence made him UNELECTABLE.
So Amazon open their first store in Ealing… a London Labour Metropolitan seat.

Is that the lefty tech giant supporting its Labour mates by any chance???

Sounds a bit fishy to me… eh Sir Keith.
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Starmer knows a lot about about being a bit fishy. Particularly his very fishy lies about the BBC & Savile. How anyone can believe this character is beyond belief. He makes Johnson, Salmond & Sturgeon look like Biblical truth-sayers. Removed
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Leave voters are solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short. Removed
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At least they can spell
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The SNP supported the Nazis during the War. The BBC doesn't want people to know this. Removed
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HYS is reminiscent of Brexit. Lies perpetrated by the obviously pro-German Starmer & his BBC/SNP acolytes. Removing comments is their only answer, short of removing the Jews. Removed
Dreadful post.
Brainless Brexity.
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04/03/2021 19:42:35 3 7
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As can be seen from the comments on here Socialists hate anyone woking hard, getting on and making their lives better.
They are only interested in levelling down to a life on benefits.
This is the Socialist way.
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04/03/2021 18:36:42 1 3
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BBC bias in action.... Same reason no one is allowed to comment on Illegal immigration etc... I wonder if they will allowed comments about BBC journalist Bashir
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Well people of Wigan - look what you could have won if you hadn’t voted Nandy in. Get ready for her whining on QT tonight - no doubt ably assisted by Fiona and hand picked audience. Removed
Yes join the cap doffers who vote for the Establishment Elite which owns the Tory Party.
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04/03/2021 20:55:15 5 0
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Has a Tory ever told the truth, because their apologists on here never do??
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Nandy a future PM, while you appear to be a present-day AH. Show some respect for someone who has clearly achieved a shedload more than you could ever have dreamed off, eh.

No surprise that losers like you vote for fascists ‘stains.
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Mr Kier Hindsight Starmer, clutching at straws to criticise a budget which actually will offer one of the best chances for the UK to build back out of COVID. He wouldn’t be able to do any better. He should retire from politics and go and drink cheap vodka on a park bench with Jeremy Corbin
Strange, every time I try to thumbs up this comment by magic it disapears.

Could it be that the moderator is a Labour supporter?
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05/03/2021 00:46:38 2 0
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Do you shout like that when you go to fetch your meds?
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Looks like sir Kier has had a makeover and told to try and smile and be cheerful ?? Removed
He'll be wearing his Union Jack pants on the outside soon. Removed
Looks like sir Kier has had a makeover and told to try and smile and be cheerful ?? Removed
He'll be wearing his Union Jack pants on the outside soon. Removed
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05/03/2021 08:36:11 4 2
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There are lots of “hero’s” so which hero’s should lose money in order to pay other hero’s. We’re in debt and everyone needs to help out. There can be no special cases.
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This Government hasn't any morals. Bojo still lies about releasing Covid contracts. We have to pay for Patel's bullying. They voted to break the WA. They want to unilaterally extend the NI protocol but throughout they blame the EU and their followers don't care. Who voted for Frost to the most influential job in the UK? Thankfully the Council workers & NHS workers are sorting vaccinations out.
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Have you ask them all?
Or is that out of red dewaf script
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05/03/2021 09:42:43 3 10
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What is it with the BBC coverage of politics, always referring to Conservatives as tories like a slang word.
Starmer has nothing positive to add like welcoming investment, instead they go down a route about them not holding a MP in the selected town so it's biased. These towns have been underfunded, Labour traditionally have held cities so of course won't see huge representation in this list.
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What is it with the BBC coverage of politics, always referring to Conservatives as tories like a slang word.
Starmer has nothing positive to add like welcoming investment, instead they go down a route about them not holding a MP in the selected town so it's biased. These towns have been underfunded, Labour traditionally have held cities so of course won't see huge representation in this list.
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what's even more fishy, is a bloke who flees the scene of a road traffic accident before the police can arrive and breathalyse him ? Removed
05/03/2021 10:15:37 6 2
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Yeah bit like someone that goes to Barnard Castle for an eye test
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Farage?
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Not fishy at all but is totally irrelevant.
05/03/2021 10:17:48 2 0
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When did you do that, then? You really should drink and drive, mate.
05/03/2021 11:02:35 2 1
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What a pathetic attempt to slur Starmer. Clutching at straws. Not only did he speak to a British Transport Police officer who attended the scene, swapping details with the officer and the other individual involved but he also stayed at the scene until an ambulance arrived. Later that day, he reported the incident to a police station in accordance with the law.
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This Tory Government is rotten to the core and the biggest cabinet of imcompetents ever. The big problem that I see is that there is no single Party that is electable currently. Yvette Cooper, why are you not leading the Labour Party ?
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Well...accusing the tories of bribery...I've never heard such a thing...no wait a minute...that's what they always do isn't it!
All the buddy backhanders being dished out for uncontested tenders, to shipping companies...without ships...NHS suppliers...who've never supplied anything before...train company franchises...to unexperienced providers...the list is now complete with 'town buddies' too
Wow
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I've been to Devon/Cornwall three times in my life. On each occasion both counties appear to be closed. If I want a holiday, it will never be there again. I will go where the locals are polite, helpful and make tourists feel welcome.
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Which is why using Brexit to *break* the City is a good thing
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Eh?
1) Brexit was to keep UK tax havens (Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Caymans, etc) plus dodgy dealings of The City safe from prying eyes of new EU Transparency Laws (which now have Luxembourg in court)
2) The intention is to create a low regulation "Singapore-on-Thames" and 'Anything-goes' Freeports, for heavens sake
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????Smoking is the only thing more damaging to public health than a Tory government????
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Or Thatcher, if you were on the Belgrano.
Add up all these bribes to Tory constituencies and it's still a drop in the ocean compared to the fraudulently awarded contracts last year to friends and families of Tory MPs and peers

No Tory apologists mention all that corruption, the theft of £10s of billions of public money under the guise of COVID-19 contracts, even though there was zero scrutiny or transparency

Public funds to Tory chums??
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LOL "Completely Impartial" -just like the awarding of PPE contracts(Hancock was acting illegally) was impartial
Just like the Test and Trace fiasco billions given to companies run by Tory donors was impartial
This is the most corrupt money grabbing Tory government ever -stuffing their offshore accounts with tax-payers money during the pandemic like the vampires they really are.
Why try denying it
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Right.... So, because there are some risks associated with a role that is so important to our healthcare, that's okay. Shrug it off & turn your back. Should they get danger pay, Chloe? Or do you simply not give a damn?
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Yeah, you’re right!
Let them eat cake.
05/03/2021 14:52:05 2 8
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The biggest proportion of them would be conservative because the conservatives won an 80 seat majority. Starmer is doing a fantastic job, even though the government has struggled through a world wide pandemic Boris still has a 14 point leed what does that say about Labour.
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10.3m UK voters disagreed with you in 2019.
Who knows what the wider view is now. And, nope, a poll doesn't cut it.
As for the rest of your silly bile-filled rant, awa with ye ??
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It's probably towns like these that are giving Boris his 13% lead.
Seems like money well spent.
Starmless should have concentrated on stuff like this. ofc he was too busy betraying democratic votes from the red wall instead of helping them.
You reap what you sow Sir Sneer !!
Your first two lines..... Did you think them through, before you posted?
You have basically acknowledged that this policy is indeed a form of bribe to keep those red turned blue constituencies on side. Talk about sneering.... You're sneering at need, at deprivation, at poverty.... unless they vote the way you want them to. Wow, just WOW !!!! ??
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It's probably towns like these that are giving Boris his 13% lead.
Seems like money well spent.
Starmless should have concentrated on stuff like this. ofc he was too busy betraying democratic votes from the red wall instead of helping them.
You reap what you sow Sir Sneer !!
In your first two lines, you have basically acknowledged that this policy is indeed a form of bribe to keep those red turned blue constituencies on side. Talk about sneering.... Tory Government & you, in your support for this, are sneering at need, at deprivation, at poverty.... unless they vote the way you want them to. Wow, just WOW !!!! Removed
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I think the main reason Lefties cry and wail so much is because they realise they'll be out of power for years.
Starmless might appeal to the luuvie metropolitan elite but that's not enough to get him elected.
Out in the real world he isn't even noticed.
Yeah, even the Learning Challenged Burgon wants to have a go.
and the Corbynist SWP/Militant/Momentum faction are miffed that their take-over of the party has been rumbled, and they aren't going down without a fight.

I'll get the popcorn.
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Well fortunately Captain Hindsight there are not many Labour constituencies left for the tories to fund.
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What putrid life-forms support these tories is beyond me.

Their very figurehead is a Lying public (private) schoolboy.

Put it to a vote - soon sort them out.
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Oddly enough, I wouldn't make the assumption that every public school kid is necessarily out of touch with the hoi polloi. However, it likely makes it harder for them to have empathy, especially if they come from 'old money' & privilege. They have to work hard to break down that conditioning. Some do. Most don't. Politics attracts egotists & narcissists, so inevitably empathy is less evident.
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"Put it to a vote - soon sort the out"

The most hilarious post of the year so far!!
We did that & the lefties had their worst performance since 1935 & with the tories having 15% lead in the polls bring it on!!
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they did,they won
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I live between those former Mill Towns Rochdale and Bolton.

Property possibly a fraction of the value of a garage in Westminster who's Council Tax is Capped @ £1560, meantime my garage is well double that?

Sort it Rishi.
Ah, I see you are making the rank error of envy politics.
There are no social services associated with a garage - just bricks and mortar.
Whereas the council will need to collect rubbish from your slum, pay for police around your anti-social asbo neighborhood, and pay for all your universal credits and unemployment benefit - bet your overweight, bad diet, smoking doesn't help the NHS bill either.
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Is it envy? Or is it a simple recognition that the housing market across the UK is wildly imbalanced? And that this causes significant inequalities & percieved or actual unfairnesses of various sorts, as here?

As for the rest of your disgustingly judgemental post, you self-identify as a bigot with terrible spelling.
I have come to the conclusion, based on your bile-ridden posts, that you are a very unhappy curmudgeonly misanthrope & likely an incel, to boot. And, in making this judgement, I am doing the same thing you are, in the post above.... but I actually have some evidence for my conclusions.... your own words. Removed
Ah, I see you are making the rank error of envy politics.
There are no social services associated with a garage - just bricks and mortar.
Whereas the council will need to collect rubbish from your slum, pay for police around your anti-social asbo neighborhood, and pay for all your universal credits and unemployment benefit - bet your overweight, bad diet, smoking doesn't help the NHS bill either.
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I have come to the conclusion, based on your bile-ridden posts, that you are a very unhappy curmudgeonly misanthrope & likely an incel, to boot. And, in making this judgement, I am doing the same thing you are, in the post above.... but I actually have some evidence for my conclusions.... your own words. Removed
What looks fishy is Labour/union inspired calls for strikes from nurses. Absolutely disgraceful/shameful tactics by the militant tendencies. This is why the British public dont like socialism & the militant party Labour has become. They just want to drag us back to the chaos of the 1970's. I have family & friends in the NHS & they are all grateful to be in a job & realise savings have to be made. Removed
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LOL - keep them coming toryboy.
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This whole scheme is as fishy as when the PM waved a kipper

He lied then
He's lying when he describes this funding process as "completely impartial"

Then again, he is a world-beating liar, with a cabinet full of the highest number of ministerial code breakers ever

Tory lies??
Tory bias??
Tory incompetence??
Tory rot??
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Funding for the chosen ones.People struggling through pandemic and tens of thousands spent on BJ/Carrie pad.Now talk of setting up charity to fund short fall after £30,000 allowance from public funds spent when the PM is a millionaire himself without her wealth.Get ERG and 1922 gang to pay for it their all millionaires. Mogg has a pad round the corner from parliament worth millions.
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And your point about the actual subject is???????
Today's exam question: if a pay increase for NHS staff of more than 1% is entirely unaffordable, how is the 'triple lock' on the state pension, with a minimum annual increase of 2½%, still entirely affordable?
Answers on a postcard please to Matt Hancock.
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