‘Delivering a Britain fit for the future’: NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay reacts to the Budget

PUBLISHED: 17:02 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 23 November 2017

Steve Barclay MP for North East Cambs.

Steve Barclay MP for North East Cambs.


Steve Barclay has hailed Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Budget as one that “delivers a Britain fit for the future”.

In yesterday’s announcement, The Chancellor promised to invest in technology, provide more funding for devolved authorities, business and the NHS as well the abolition of stamp duty for all first-time buyer home purchases up to £300,000.

And in the wake of the Budget, Barclay, who is Economic Secretary to the Treasury, says it is one that will allow Britain to prepare for Brexit and also took the opportunity to aim a dig at Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

He said: “The Chancellor set out a balanced budget which marked a clear diving line with the Labour Party which always goes too far on borrowing and spending.

“It reflects our Government which is looking forward to the opportunities of post-Brexit Britain with optimism, viewing forthcoming major changes in technology as an opportunity. This budget is in stark contrast with Labour, which would take the country back in time.

“The strength of the economy following 19 consecutive quarters of growth, three million more jobs, and a doubling of foreign direct investment flows in the last year from £80 billion to £158 billion, has also enabled the Government to invest for the long term to improve productivity.

“Embracing these opportunities also includes preparing for a post-Brexit Britain. It remains our intention to reach an ambitious free trade agreement with the EU in both goods and services, as the Prime Minister set out in her speech in Florence.

“This is in the interests of both the EU and the UK. But we need to prepare for all outcomes in our negotiations with the European Union. As such the budget allocates £3 billion to support our preparations for leaving the EU.

“This combination of meeting our fiscal targets, supporting families, and investing for the long term reflects our balanced approach. It shows our Party is looking forward with optimism to the opportunities on technology ahead, and is developing the transport infrastructure and skills needed to unlock its full potential. It reflects a Government that has listened to feedback from the general election.

“And it continues to clear the deficit, prepare for Brexit, and back our businesses with the support they need to boost productivity.

“This is a Budget that delivers a Britain fit for the future.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:02

Star Wars actor Warwick Davis was the special guest at a Witchford primary school today as he gave a talk and answered questions about dwarfism.

Yesterday, 13:34

A Soham “survivor” of breast cancer shared her story whilst raising hundreds of pounds for charity by holding a ‘Wear It Pink’ day.

Yesterday, 15:04

More than 50 jobs are up for grabs across Ely and surrounding areas in shops and pubs.

Yesterday, 11:26

They are the perfect afternoon tea treat that tantalise the taste buds with jam and cream – but in Ely there’s been a mini-debate on how scones are eaten.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy