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‘Deficit must be reduced’

BOTH the borough’s MPs have spoken of the tough choices that were made as part of last week’s spending review.

BOTH the borough’s MPs have spoken of the tough choices that were made as part of last week’s spending review.

Environment Secretary, and Meriden MP, Caroline Spelman, said that dealing with the deficit was “unavoidable”.

“The spending review has set out our choices: investment in the future rather than the bills of past failure,” she said.

“This has entailed tough choices but the NHS, schools, security and infrastructure have been prioritised so that our economy can start to grow again, but this means cuts in welfare and waste.”

Lib Dem Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull, agreed that some difficult decisions had been made by the coalition government: “We must not ignore the impact they will have on people and families in Solihull.

“But in order to protect our economy, we must reduce the deficit, we must wipe the slate clean for future generations.”

The MPs added that there were still spending commitments in the West Midlands – including High Speed Rail and the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street.

“These projects will bring economic benefits to the region which will promote growth and jobs for Solihull residents,” said Mrs Burt.

“We have a hard road to recovery ahead, but I am determined to ensure it is a road that leads to fairness too.”

 

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