Coventry South Labour MP Jim Cunningham speaking after the Chancellor’s second budget

Speaking after the Chancellor’s second budget, Coventry South Labour MP Jim Cunningham said;

“This was a budget that could have changed the course of the country for the better. In the end, it turned out to be a budget where not much changed. The reality is that this budget contained no new money for social care, for local government, for our emergency services.

“When crime is rising, social care is in crisis and Councils like Coventry have lost hundreds of millions of pounds for frontline services, this budget should have addressed this. It didn’t and Tory austerity will continue for the residents of Coventry.

“Money for new housing is welcome but it just isn’t enough to solve the housing crisis. Most of the money announced isn’t new and much of it is in the form of loans. What we need; affordable homes to rent and buy for my constituents.

“As Jeremy Corbyn said, this was meant to be a budget fit for the future, but this Government is no longer fit to govern.”

Who is Jim Cunningham?

Jim is the Member of Parliament for Coventry South. He was elected in 1992 in the constituency of Coventry South East and then re-elected for the new constituency of Coventry South in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and most recently in 2017.

Jim was born in Scotland but moved to Coventry in the 1950’s where he later became an engineer with Rolls Royce based at Ansty. Jim was elected as a Coventry City Councillor in 1972, rising to become Leader of the Council in 1988.

Upon entering Parliament, Jim made his maiden speech on May 12th 1992 where he criticised the then Conservative Government for the lack of funding they were providing to Coventry. He remains to this day a vocal supporter of bringing funding, jobs and resources to Coventry.

Jim has served on a number of Parliamentary Select Committees and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary until the 2010 General Election.

Jim currently sits on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee and as a backbencher, regularly raises issues relating to Coventry in Parliament.

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