Brooks Newmark welcomes the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement which has seen income tax cut for 25 million people and up to 2 million people taken out of income tax altogether.
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree) (Con): Given that income tax has been cut for 25 million people, the income tax of people on the minimum wage has been cut in half and up to 2 million people have been taken out of tax altogether, does my right hon. Friend agree that our Government, and indeed our party, are on the side of ordinary working men and women?
Mr Osborne: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. We have made difficult decisions on welfare uprating—we have asked the rich to pay more—but, as I have said, we have done that not only to help to deal with the deficit, but to help people who work hard and want to get on. That is precisely what we have done today.