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Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, responding to George Osborne’s Budget statement, said:

“This was not a Budget that had the interests of Wales at its heart. George Osborne ducked the big challenges that our economy faces and instead announced that ordinary people in Wales will face yet more cuts.

“There was nothing about rail electrification in the North or the South, and no mention of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – a project that could create hundreds of local jobs and boost our steel industry, but which the UK Government will not guarantee.

“What George Osborne did confirm was that he will be cutting support for people with disabilities and using this money to fund a capital gains tax cut for very wealthiest. He confirmed that UK Government Departments will face even more cuts, putting local services at risk. These are the wrong choices and are signs of a Chancellor who has his priorities all wrong.”