MP Moore defends austerity

Michael Moore MP in Selkirk Market Square.
Michael Moore MP in Selkirk Market Square.

Berwickshire’s Lib Dem MP Michael Moore has defended his support for Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s controversial new public spending framework in a Commons vote last week.

Mr Moore has come under fire following the debate in which the majority of Lib Dem and Labour MPs backed a programme aimed at cutting the deficit by £75billion over the next three years.

Although the vote for the so-called Charter for Budget Responsibility was emphatic – 515 to 18 – SNP MSP Christine Grahame used it to launch a pre-General Election tirade against the sitting MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

Responding this week, Mr Moore said: “The coalition was formed in 2010 to tackle the serious financial situation facing the whole of the UK and most people in the Borders recognise that we have to tackle the deficit in an appropriate way.”