Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths put in long hours last night in order to push the Emergency Budget through the House of Commons.
Members of Parliament sat until 2.48 am in order to guarantee that the Finance Bill, containing the essential measures to tackle the trillion pound national debt was voted through.
“The previous Labour government scrapped late night sittings when Tony Blair came to power, so to sit into the early hours like this was something of a surprise. However, it is absolutely vital that we urgently get through the measures to reduce the massive debt left by Gordon Brown, and we can’t lose any time.
I must admit that there were lots of bleary eyes and tired looking Members of Parliament when we went through the lobbies, but I think everyone realises that the scale of the task is too great to lose any time at all.
Labour MPs tried to derail the budget by talking out the Bill, known as filibustering, but Conservative and Lib Dem MPs were prepared to sit all night if necessary.
It meant that I didn’t get to bed until 3.30 in the morning, but even though I was exhausted, I did have an immense sense of satisfaction that we were doing the right thing for the country.”