Victory for rebel Stevenage MP as chancellor abolishes tax credit cuts

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was celebrating today as the proposed tax credit cuts were called of

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland was celebrating today as the proposed tax credit cuts were called off. - Credit: Archant

Stevenage’s MP was cock-a-hoop today as the chancellor announced the cancellation of controversial tax credit cuts the government had proposed.

Stephen McPartland was among a group of Conservative MPs opposing the tabled cuts in rebellion against the government, and had argued vigorously against them in parliament.

“Delighted Chancellor has listened and abolished the changes to Tax Credits,” he tweeted today. “The victory is his and I can now return to the fold!”

He later told the Comet: “I am just delighted that three million families will not lose £4.4 billion in April.”

When Treasury minister David Gauke visited Stevenage two weeks ago, Mr McPartland boycotted the meeting in protest against the proposed cuts.


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In a lengthy column featured in the Observer paper last Sunday, Mr McPartland said: “The government is absolutely right that tax credits need rerforming – but I voted against its proposals in September and I have argued hard ever since that George Osborne must reconsider.”

Mr McPartland also said in that column that he wants the Conservatives to move into the centre and represent hard workers abandoned by Labour.

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