‘A downgraded Chancellor’: Greater Manchester MPs take to Twitter to react to George Osborne’s budget

By Suraj Radia

Chancellor George Osborne’s budget announcement today received differing reactions from people across the country, none more so than MPs in Greater Manchester.

And a number of politicians from the regions’s 27 constituencies took to their Twitter accounts to voice their responses to the news, with some tweeting in support and others less enthused by the measures Mr Osborne hopes will help the country from its knees.

Mr Osborne admited that the economic growth forecast had halved but cut corporation tax, the duty on beer and a planned fuel duty rise, leading to MPs from all parties to share their views as it was revealed.

Kate Green (@KateGreenSU), Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston, was among the first of our politicians to hit the social network with a flurry of tweets.

She said: “Chancellor says growth forecast ‘less than we would like’. Massive understatement.”

She then went on to raise concerns over the capping of social care costs to old people and then hit out at the tax threshold increase from next year.

Mrs Green added: “Not the most progressive of policies. Helps the richest too, but no help for those on lowest pay.”

On the opposite side of the chamber, John Leech, the Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington (), was more positive about the Budget’s impact on the region.

He said: “Proud Lib Dem manifesto pledge of 1st £10k tax free will be delivered 1 yr early, giving £700 back to ordinary working ppl #budget2013.”

Manchester Central Labour MP Lucy Powell (@LucyMPowell) attacked Mr Osborne, tweeting: “This Budget is too little too late from a downgraded Chancellor.”

Bury South Labour MP Ivan Lewis (@IvanLewis_MP), the shadow international development secretary, chose to concentrate on the amount slashed from foreign aid.

He tweeted: “Over 2billion pounds lost to aid budget in this parl, due to downgraded growth forecasts as result of Tory led Govts failed economic plan.”

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