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Who do you trust with your money?

PUBLISHED: 17:10 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 12 August 2010

NOW that the budget has been announced the Times asks politicians campaigning for your VOTE what their party will do with YOUR money.

NOW that the budget has been announced the Times asks politicians campaigning for your VOTE what their party will do with YOUR money.

Chancellor Alistair Darling's budget last Wednesday was perceived as highly political by pundits after he announced a series of sweeteners for key voter groups, such as pensioners and entrepreneurs.

The Times asks politicians in the area what they see as the key differences in the economic policies put forward by the parties.

Conservative candidate for the Bromley seat of Beckenham Colonel Bob Stewart said:

"The main difference is that the Conservatives are determined to get the economy back on track. They feel that we must actually take action sooner rather than later.

"The Conservatives won't tell you that (specific policies) as they are waiting a little bit longer, because I am afraid the last time they announced them Labour stole them."

Green parliamentary candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst Rosin Robertson said: "What the Greens want to do is we want to stop the spending of huge sums of money on things like ID cards, the £97billion on Trident and the money being spent on supporting nuclear.

"We would like to collapse these schemes and put money back into the public purse. People want a good health service and that is funded by taxes. We believe education should be solely funded by public money and not business.

"By taking money out of the bigger schemes we can put money into the renewable energy sector. This will not be simply giving money away but putting it into jobs. Wind farms create jobs - you need engineers and fitters."

Labour parliamentary candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst Chris Kirby said: "The key difference on the economy is we want to protect ordinary people and make sure they keep their jobs and mortgages.

"What would you say to a constituent whose bank has gone under and who has lost their job? We chose to help ordinary people. The two reactions speak for themselves. The Tories are on the fence.

"Their top priority is tax cuts for the 3,000 millionaires. Look at cancer care. They are unable meet our pledge, which is, if the GP suspects you have cancer, you will be seen by a specialist and get your results within a week.

"George Osborne is going to spend your money twice. He is going to cut spending and make tax cuts."

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst Sam Webber said: "I think the key difference is our pledge to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000. This will make a difference take 3 to 4million people out of the tax system. And this in terms of fairness is what we are all about.

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