This morning we found a memo, from George Osborne to David Cameron and Tory campaign strategist Lynton Crosby, detailing a secret Tory plan to cut £58 billion from the economy with cuts to in work benefits, our police, armed forces, the NHS and other areas of government spending.
This was organised by the Labour Party to highlight research we've conducted into Tory spending plans if David Cameron wins 5 more years in No 10. Using official government figures, quotes from key Tory politicians and answers to Parliamentary questions the Labour Party have constructed what a Tory government would have to do in order to achieve their own targets.
The North East would need to take its share of over £58 billion worth of Tory cuts, which include £12 billion to welfare. The Tories have only identified £1.5 billion of this figure. The remaining £10.5 billion is likely to come from cuts to Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit. This means nationally everyone earning £12,000 or more would lose at least £550 a year from their tax credits and over 4.3 million families would lose over £1,000 a year from changes to Child Benefit. You can read the full Tory Secret Plan document here.
Only Labour has a plan for the north east – and were not keeping ours a secret! We will cut the deficit every year while rebalancing our economy to give cities and regions the help they need to shape their services in response to their local circumstances. We will reward hard work with high skill and high wage jobs and build a future for all our young people with world class apprenticeships and access to affordable, higher education.
The action we take in the last few days of this campaign could decide what type of country we become for generations to come. If you, like me, believe our country is worth fighting for then we need your help on polling day. You can find your key seat here.
Bridget Phillipson is Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South