Tuesday 10 March 2020 / 10:32 PM John McDonnell

McDonnell speaks ahead of the Budget

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking ahead of the Budget, said:

“With all attention focused on dealing with the coronavirus, we will work constructively with the Government to ensure this outbreak is properly managed and defeated.

“What is becoming clear, regrettably, is that the economy and our public services are in a vulnerable position to deal with a shock like this, because of the cuts, weak growth, and widespread insecure work produced by the last ten years.

“We need urgent investment to deal with the three crises on our hands – coronavirus, the climate emergency, and the crisis in our public services – and our concern is that the public will naturally be disappointed as the Budget fails to address these issues effectively.”