No jiggery pokery

Ahead of tomorrow's budget East of England Labour MEP Alex Mayer says, this is a chance for the Chancellor to "give public sector workers a pay rise and prepare for Brexit", but that she fears Mr Hammond may "flunk it".

She says: "There is growing anger after seven years of austerity. I've visited hospitals where staff and patients agree, hardworking nurses and doctors deserve a pay rise. I don't want to see any jiggery pokery on this, we need extra money to pay NHS staff, not raiding other parts of the NHS budget." 

"Given the terrible toll Brexit looks set to have, we also need a bold vision from the Chancellor to put more money into infrastructure such as road and rail projects and for him to categorically promise that Brexit Britain won't become a bargain basement tax haven economy."

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