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Members Post Autumn Statement Q&A

Event date: 30 November

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

ConservativeIntelligence Members were invited to a Post Autumn Statement briefing and Q&A.

The ConHome team, together with James Forsyth, Political Editor of The Spectator, and Andrew Lilico of Europe Economics,  reviewed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the impact of current measures being taken by the Government, along with other topics.

Here is Tim’s survey of 1,340 Tory members on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement:


George Osborne would have been more radical if it hadn’t been for the Liberal Democrats

Agree 69%, Disagree 19%

I would have preferred the Coalition to have cut taxes rather than spend money on new schemes for housing, jobs and childcare

Agree 57%, Disagree 33%

The investment in infrastructure is good news for long-term health of UK economy

Agree 76%, Disagree 15%

George Osborne should have cut spending faster and used the money to cut taxes

Agree 66%, Disagree 24%

There is nothing that George Osborne can do that will stop shield Britain from the problems of the Eurozone

Agree 55%, Disagree 38%

George Osborne did the best he could in his Autumn Statement, given the circumstances

Agree 63%, Disagree 30%

It is wrong that benefits are rising by 5.2% while workers’ pay is frozen or falling

Agree 69%, Disagree 23%

This is a Government that exudes more determination than imagination

Agree 52%, Disagree 30%

The truth is that the Coalition has failed to cut public spending sufficiently

Agree 70%, Disagree 22%

Britain and Europe will only start to recover when the Euro is broken up

Agree 62%, Disagree 26%

The Chancellor played a difficult hand with skill

Agree 66%, Disagree 24%

It is simply unfair for public sector workers to expect to receive unchanged pensions largely funded by workers whose own retirement provision is not nearly as generous

Agree 93%, Disagree 6%

It was right that the Chancellor trimmed aid spending by £525 million

Agree 91%, Disagree 6%

The Chancellor should have abolished the 50p tax band

Agree 53%, Disagree 36%

The best thing the Government can do for business is to keep interest rates low

Agree 71%, Disagree 9%

The forecasts for economic growth announced by the Chancellor are trustworthy

Agree 41%, Disagree 31%

If the Euro collapses that is the best moment for George Osborne to come forward with radical and emergency reforms

Agree 80%, Disagree 12%

The Chancellor has declared class war: a Tory assault on the public sector and the poor

Agree 6%, Disagree 89%




The Universal Benefit will have been introduced and it will pay for people to leave welfare and take a job

57% yes, 26% no

Retired people will enjoy fair pensions from the state

47% yes, 37% no

Britain’s schools will be much closer to world class standards

48% yes, 41% no

Britain will be growing at a reasonably healthy rate

37% yes, 43% no

Conservatives will be in an election-winning position

33% yes, 30% no

The deficit will be back under control

29% yes, 58% no

Britain will be on the verge of repatriating significant powers from Europe

21% yes, 64% no

Net immigration will be cut from the hundreds of the thousands to the tens of thousands

15% yes, 74% no

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