What David Cameron used to think about Budget deficits

His 2006 blast over "Budgets raided to solve financial deficits".

Interesting post by David Blackburn over at Coffee House. He begins by digging out a YouTube clip of Tony Blair's savaging of John Major pre-1997 (echoes of today's PMQs, apparently) but then gets sidetracked by a more recent clip, below, of a 2006 exchange between Blair and David Cameron on NHS spending. Blackburn notes:

The first two minutes of the clip reinforce just how complicit the Conservatives were in Brown and Blair's free-for-all. Cameron was aghast that "Budgets were being raided to solve financial deficits".


According to one of the comments left over on the Speccie:

Watching this clip reminds of the huge trap Labour and Blair laid for the Tories about huge Budget increases -- and any reduction in those Budgets was painted as a savage cut by the "nasty party".

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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Sarah Champion wants to un-resign and join Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet again

The MP is understood to have emailed asking for her job back. 

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, is to rejoin the shadow cabinet less than a month after her dramatic resignation. 

On 28 June, in the aftermath of Brexit, she tweeted: "I have just stepped down from my shadow minister job, but not my responsibilities to my constituents, party or victims of abuse."

Now, she has reportedly emailed Jeremy Corbyn's team to request an un-resignation from her position as shadow minister for preventing abuse. 

According to the Guido Fawkes blog, she wrote: "I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as Shadow Home Office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect."

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given their staffing issues on the shadow cabinet, the Corbyn team is understood to be welcoming her back. 

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has repeatedly urged ex-shadow cabinet MPs to come back. On 1 July he said: "Wouldn't it be better if people came back and worked with us?"

And on Sunday, he alarmed weekend TV viewers by turning straight to camera and telling the nation: "We've got to stop this now."