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"Lots of wishful thinking" in Chancellor's Budget says Gordon

Gordon has described the the Chancellor’s Budget as “lots of wishful thinking” saying it wouldn’t “go down well” with his Blackpool South constituents.GM_PIC.jpg

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Gordon said Philip Hammond’s announcements would do little to improve the plight of residents in the town suffering from the struggling economy.

He commented: "The stamp duty headline is just a distraction and won’t help most people living here in the North. There are not that many people in the North looking at living in £300,000 houses who could take full advantage of his stamp duty announcement.

"There is not much cheer in the budget for people here , the overall figures from the Office of Budget Responsibility are dire. It is the first time since the war that the OBR is predicting growth will be less than two per cent for three years.

"The Chancellor talked about giving money to the big cities but not much about supporting the towns such as Blackpool which are going to be very vulnerable in the aftermath of Brexit.

"The £20m for colleges to bring in the new technical level qualifications is nothing but a fleabite compared to the cuts the further education colleges have suffered under this Government and he offered nothing extra to help college students. Instead we had his poor jokes about driverless cars. It seems to me the Chancellor is not in the driving seat."

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