The Government has been delivering its Budget by press release. They are doing to avoid scrutiny of their plans, like cutting the North East out of transport spending. I asked the Minister why they shouldn’t be accountable to the people of Newcastle Central?
“I suppose the attraction of delivering a Budget by press release is that it bypasses this House, so when the Government announce billions of pounds to level up transport in the north, I do not get to say that there is nothing in that for Newcastle, where extortionate bus fares are part of the cost of living crisis that my constituents are facing; and when the Minister says that the minimum wage is going up, I do not get to point out that universal credit recipients in Newcastle will still be £800 a year worse off. Why does he think that the Government should not be accountable to the people of Newcastle upon Tyne Central?”