Jo Coburn grills Thornberry over Labour’s spending plan ‘Why should people trust you?’

Labour Conference 2021: Chair 'curtailing debate' says guest

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Emily Thornberry insisted it was not a priority to disclose how exactly Labour plans to raise funds to deliver on its enormous funding pledges in social care and the service as well as the foreign aid budget but instead show the public where the Labour Party are planning on heading.

Jo Coburn slammed: “If you’re going to be a credible opposition and you want to reverse the disastrous election result of 2019.

“People will want you to cost your spending commitments!”

Ms Thornberry hit back saying: “yeah, yeah, yeah I understand that!”

The BBC host continued: “You’ll need thirty odd billion pounds to scrap business rates, you want to make the extra £20 Universal Credit payment permanent – that is another £6 billion, 

“You don’t agree with the governments raising of National Insurance but you still want to spend an extra £12 billion on social care and you oppose the foreign aid cut, that’s another £4 billion a year!

“Why should people trust you if they don’t know how you’re going to raise the money?”

The Labour veteran hit back slamming: “I think that people are fair, they see that we are not in government now and won’t be unfortunately for a couple of years.

“If we were to start giving chapter and verse on where we are raising money and how the sums added up , it would be out of date in two weeks, in year, certainly in two years’ time!

“All we can do at this point is show the direction of travel, what our priorities are and where we want to end up going to.”

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