Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe hits out at benefits changes

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP Gerry Sutcliffe MP Gerry Sutcliffe

Hard-working families in Bradford will pay the price of the Coalition government’s economic failure, according to a Labour MP.

Gerry Sutcliffe claimed thousands of employed Bradfordians will be hit hard by changes being brought in by David Cameron and George Osborne.

The Bradford South MP said: “Every week I speak to people in Bradford who have a job and are working hard but still rely on their tax credits to help make ends meet.

“Sometimes we all need a bit of extra help. We need to reform the system so benefits are tough, fair and reward people who work.

"George Osborne and David Cameron have tried to divide the country by dishonestly claiming that their welfare policies are targeting the work-shy and benefit ‘scroungers’. Quite simply, they are introducing a tax on strivers.”

But Bradford East Liberal Democrat MP David Ward said it was the previous Labour government that got the country into the current mess. He said: “I am not happy with the rhetoric coming out of Mr Sutcliffe.”

He said: “I am concerned about the impact it will have in places like Bradford. We are in a terrible economic mess nationally that Mr Sutcliffe’s lot landed us in.”

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4:17pm Tue 8 Jan 13

BertSanders says...

Just watching the "debate" I estimate that only a third of MPs are attending.
I thought it was important. Reckon the countries problem is MPs and the political system - each spouting off their opinions which are simply tribal.
It will solve nothing.
Just watching the "debate" I estimate that only a third of MPs are attending. I thought it was important. Reckon the countries problem is MPs and the political system - each spouting off their opinions which are simply tribal. It will solve nothing. BertSanders
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4:29pm Tue 8 Jan 13

SinnerSaint says...

Was talking to a woman the other day who was demonising the coalition because her family tax credits had been stopped because her husband earns over £40k per annum.

I thought the social state was a safety net for the really needy. That is unbelievable.

A labour MP criticising other parties for economic failure? Really?
Was talking to a woman the other day who was demonising the coalition because her family tax credits had been stopped because her husband earns over £40k per annum. I thought the social state was a safety net for the really needy. That is unbelievable. A labour MP criticising other parties for economic failure? Really? SinnerSaint
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4:41pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The Hump says...

NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY.
NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY. The Hump
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4:50pm Tue 8 Jan 13

SinnerSaint says...

Nazi? Hahaha. Let's just pay loads of lazy b4stards hundreds of pounds a week to sit on their 4rses smoking weed.
Nazi? Hahaha. Let's just pay loads of lazy b4stards hundreds of pounds a week to sit on their 4rses smoking weed. SinnerSaint
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6:28pm Tue 8 Jan 13

angry bradfordian says...

The Hump wrote:
NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY.
This is one occasion that they can't be accused of targeting the poor, as it only affects people in the highest tax band.

Mr Sutcliffe must be quite uncomfortable in trying to defend the middle classes for a change. Shame he's only doing it to make a party political point.
[quote][p][bold]The Hump[/bold] wrote: NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY.[/p][/quote]This is one occasion that they can't be accused of targeting the poor, as it only affects people in the highest tax band. Mr Sutcliffe must be quite uncomfortable in trying to defend the middle classes for a change. Shame he's only doing it to make a party political point. angry bradfordian
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6:47pm Tue 8 Jan 13

lanzaman says...

i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!!
i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!! lanzaman
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6:51pm Tue 8 Jan 13

SinnerSaint says...

lanzaman wrote:
i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!!
Amen to that
[quote][p][bold]lanzaman[/bold] wrote: i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!![/p][/quote]Amen to that SinnerSaint
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7:15pm Tue 8 Jan 13

BertSanders says...

The Hump wrote:
NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY.
Cultured classy language - ethnic cleansing? - must be thousands seeking asylum on the Indian sub-continent..
[quote][p][bold]The Hump[/bold] wrote: NAZI Conservative Party SCUM!!! ethnic cleansing of the POOR and NEEDY.[/p][/quote]Cultured classy language - ethnic cleansing? - must be thousands seeking asylum on the Indian sub-continent.. BertSanders
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7:44pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The obvious says...

Sit still and jump on any bandwagon sutcliffe is out trying to stay in the public eye.

Sutcliffe was around when the housing stock was robbed I mean privatised.

He was also around when our sports club was in trouble and jumped on the bandwagon to save the bulls.

Why don't we just ban politicians....of course we could just lock the useless lot up
Sit still and jump on any bandwagon sutcliffe is out trying to stay in the public eye. Sutcliffe was around when the housing stock was robbed I mean privatised. He was also around when our sports club was in trouble and jumped on the bandwagon to save the bulls. Why don't we just ban politicians....of course we could just lock the useless lot up The obvious
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7:47pm Tue 8 Jan 13

The obvious says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
lanzaman wrote:
i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!!
Amen to that
Yeah great day for arrests...finally sum more scum of to jail.

Good on you coppers....get all of em busted...start at city hall and follow the trail to the incestuous sinnersaint and co
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lanzaman[/bold] wrote: i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!![/p][/quote]Amen to that[/p][/quote]Yeah great day for arrests...finally sum more scum of to jail. Good on you coppers....get all of em busted...start at city hall and follow the trail to the incestuous sinnersaint and co The obvious
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8:02pm Tue 8 Jan 13

SinnerSaint says...

The obvious wrote:
SinnerSaint wrote:
lanzaman wrote:
i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!!
Amen to that
Yeah great day for arrests...finally sum more scum of to jail.

Good on you coppers....get all of em busted...start at city hall and follow the trail to the incestuous sinnersaint and co
Oh dear Mr Ostrich. Why are you so upset about these arrests and convictions?

It wouldn't be because you are in total denial that these people who hail from a certain community would commit crimes like these, would it? It's a real eye opener isn't it - seeing so many of them convicted and jailed?

Bless your little fragile cotton socks.
[quote][p][bold]The obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lanzaman[/bold] wrote: i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!![/p][/quote]Amen to that[/p][/quote]Yeah great day for arrests...finally sum more scum of to jail. Good on you coppers....get all of em busted...start at city hall and follow the trail to the incestuous sinnersaint and co[/p][/quote]Oh dear Mr Ostrich. Why are you so upset about these arrests and convictions? It wouldn't be because you are in total denial that these people who hail from a certain community would commit crimes like these, would it? It's a real eye opener isn't it - seeing so many of them convicted and jailed? Bless your little fragile cotton socks. SinnerSaint
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9:23pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Joedavid says...

Saying that after 13 years of failure!
Saying that after 13 years of failure! Joedavid
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10:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

scanipoos says...

As far as Im concerned were still paying for Thatcher.
Her legacy (another Tory) left this country bereft .
I Believe it time we got out of the European market as well.
Bring manufacturing BACK TO THE UK. Stop buying stuff from overseas. reduce business rates so businesses can stay afloat. Lets put the GREAT back into Great Britain

I personally believe we are WORST OFF for being in this market.

Things WILL get worst.

But HEY were in it together !!
As far as Im concerned were still paying for Thatcher. Her legacy (another Tory) left this country bereft . I Believe it time we got out of the European market as well. Bring manufacturing BACK TO THE UK. Stop buying stuff from overseas. reduce business rates so businesses can stay afloat. Lets put the GREAT back into Great Britain I personally believe we are WORST OFF for being in this market. Things WILL get worst. But HEY were in it together !! scanipoos
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10:07pm Tue 8 Jan 13

scanipoos says...

As far as Im concerned were still paying for Thatcher.
Her legacy (another Tory) left this country bereft .
I Believe it time we got out of the European market as well.
Bring manufacturing BACK TO THE UK. Stop buying stuff from overseas. reduce business rates so businesses can stay afloat. Lets put the GREAT back into Great Britain

I personally believe we are WORST OFF for being in this market.

Things WILL get worst.

But HEY were in it together !!
As far as Im concerned were still paying for Thatcher. Her legacy (another Tory) left this country bereft . I Believe it time we got out of the European market as well. Bring manufacturing BACK TO THE UK. Stop buying stuff from overseas. reduce business rates so businesses can stay afloat. Lets put the GREAT back into Great Britain I personally believe we are WORST OFF for being in this market. Things WILL get worst. But HEY were in it together !! scanipoos
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11:23pm Tue 8 Jan 13

BierleyBoy says...

Mr Sutcliffe would garner far more respect if he acknowledged the absolute farce Labour made of the tax & benefits system.

Rather than take as little tax off people as possible, Labour kept income tax rates high & hammered us all for tax via escalators on fuel, heating costs.

They then wasted billions of this revenue & created a complex benefits system & culture whereby they handed out benefits to anyone & everyone in order to but votes.

They talk of tax cuts for millionaires, but why should anyone pay 50% of what they earn to the state?

Let's not forget, Labour actually removed the 10p tax rate from the lowest paid & it's the ConDems who have pushed the tax threshold up to £9,600.

Less tax taken at source means less benefits need to be provided.

Simplify the system, give benefits only to those who really need them.
Mr Sutcliffe would garner far more respect if he acknowledged the absolute farce Labour made of the tax & benefits system. Rather than take as little tax off people as possible, Labour kept income tax rates high & hammered us all for tax via escalators on fuel, heating costs. They then wasted billions of this revenue & created a complex benefits system & culture whereby they handed out benefits to anyone & everyone in order to but votes. They talk of tax cuts for millionaires, but why should anyone pay 50% of what they earn to the state? Let's not forget, Labour actually removed the 10p tax rate from the lowest paid & it's the ConDems who have pushed the tax threshold up to £9,600. Less tax taken at source means less benefits need to be provided. Simplify the system, give benefits only to those who really need them. BierleyBoy
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7:42am Wed 9 Jan 13

WayneRouke says...

SinnerSaint wrote:
lanzaman wrote:
i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!!
Amen to that
hear hear... Lock them all up and throw away the key.. Why should I pay with my hard earned money to keep prisoners warm, comfortable and well fed while pensioners go cold and hungry.

Benefits:: If you dont need it you shouldnt get it. If you CANNOT work, you should get it. It you CAN work, but WONT work, you should not get it. If you CAN work and are trying to find work,you should get it.

Why should I pay with my hard earned money to give it to people who simply do not deserve it.

Oh, if I ever get wind of who the reprobates are who burgled my sons house just after christmas, a baseball bat looks forward to meeting your face.
[quote][p][bold]SinnerSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lanzaman[/bold] wrote: i kno i'm hijacking this report, but gotta say great day for arrests and lock ups!!!! well done everyone...more of the same please!!!![/p][/quote]Amen to that[/p][/quote]hear hear... Lock them all up and throw away the key.. Why should I pay with my hard earned money to keep prisoners warm, comfortable and well fed while pensioners go cold and hungry. Benefits:: If you dont need it you shouldnt get it. If you CANNOT work, you should get it. It you CAN work, but WONT work, you should not get it. If you CAN work and are trying to find work,you should get it. Why should I pay with my hard earned money to give it to people who simply do not deserve it. Oh, if I ever get wind of who the reprobates are who burgled my sons house just after christmas, a baseball bat looks forward to meeting your face. WayneRouke
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