When Parliament Speaks ..
…the Government must listen
Friday 30th October: This week the House of Lords voted against the government’s proposals for cutting tax credits.
A debate in the Commons followed, and a vote was carried with no opposition, backed by MPs of all political colours. The House of Commons thereby sent an unequivocal message to the chancellor: the welfare bill CAN be cut, but without punishing hard work. This was not ‘party political’. Nor was it a vote against welfare cuts or the reform on which all agree.
In this week’s blog The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, who tabled that Commons motion explains how the chancellor can have his cake and eat it. He will be followed next week by Lord McFall, who formerly chaired the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee to explain what lay behind the vote in the Lords, Frank Field writes: