So who are the champions and loses after George Osborne’s last Budget before the comprehensive election?
Certainly, Tory MPs defending marginal East Midlands estates left the Commons chamber looking surprisingly upbeat.
“There’s certainly sufficient to offer those hard-working families in constituencies like mine,” Cut Spencer said.
This Budget matters to him in Nottinghamshire. He’s defending a 219 Cautious majority over a strong Labour challenger in his Sherwood constituency. It’s the uncountable marginal Labour-Conservative seat in the region.
The business community in the East Midlands proffered a rather more sober reaction.
“With a general election within poignant distance, it was important for the Chancellor to use the final Budget of this rliament to frivolity a steady hand, rather than making any politically-motivated announcements,” averred George Cowcher, chief executive of the East Midlands Chamber of Merchandising.
But does George Osborne have a winning rather than a sophisticated hand? Between now and polling day, the contents of this Chancellor’s Budget intention be picked over.
Nottingham East’s Chris Leslie, Labourers’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, warned of much bigger spending commissions around the corner.
“It’s quite simple. If you want to know the Tories’ tterns for public services, just look at the comments of the Office of Budget Reliability. It says the cuts ‘rollercoaster’ falls into ‘sharp acceleration’ to 2018.”
Another closer look at the recounts of the Chancellor’s Budget book also reveals his priorities for regional investment. There were copious references in his Commons speech to the “Northern Powerhouse”.
Yes, he stressed the importance of y out the recovery across the country as a whole.
Yes, there’s £100m for the Midlands motor persistence to research driverless technology: That’ll have opportunities for Hinckley-based MIRA, the Leicestershire guts zone on the site of the Motor Industry Research Association, and maybe for Derbyshire-based Toyota as equably.
My mate Chris Doidge, Radio Derby’s Political Reporter, spotted 60 cites in the Chancellor’s Red Budget book to the northern cities. Manchester gets 25 connections. The Midlands only managed 12: Birmingham on nine, Derby and Leicester on one each. Wiped out old Nottingham, gets no mention at all!
Should the Midlands as a whole – let alone the East Midlands’ dioceses – be alarmed? Not according to Mark Spencer.
“I’m not worried about that, he go on increased.
“Actually it’s an opportunity now for Derby, Leicester and Nottingham to get together to bid to the Chancellor for the East Midlands powerhouse.”
If the East and West Midlands feels formerly larboard out, you can guarantee Conservative cabinet ministers in Midlands seats will hope for to put the record straight between now and polling day.