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Labour Candidate Calls for Greater Scrutiny of Political Parties’ Spending Plans
Friday 27 June 2014


Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, has called for greater scrutiny of political parties’ spending commitments.
Labour has asked the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – the government’s independent budget watchdog – to audit the costings of every spending and tax commitment in Labour’s next election manifesto.
Allowing the spending commitments of political parties to be independently scrutinised would give the public confidence that every electoral pledge is properly costed. However, the proposal was blocked by the Tory-LibDem Coalition.
Ms Brothers said:
“I want rigorous scrutiny of our next election manifesto and I think the Tories and Lib Dems should be willing to subject their manifestos to the same examination.
“This way people can be assured that parties aren’t making irresponsible electoral promises which they won’t be able to back up later. It’s time to restore trust in politics and I think this is a step towards doing so.
“It’s clear that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are running scared of having their own manifesto audited while wanting to make false claims about Labour’s plans. We’re not running scared because Labour isn’t afraid of letting the OBR and the public take a close look at our plans for a fairer Britain.”


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