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Andrew Marr leaves Dodds shellshocked as he calls out Labour for being ‘too timid’

Andrew Marr leaves Dodds shellshocked as he calls out Labour for being ‘too timid’
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Anneliese Dodds appeared on Andrew Marr to discuss the upcoming budget and Labour’s position on fixing the economy. But after a tense confrontation between Dodds and Marr, the presenter asked whether Labour’s approach to keeping the Government to account was “too timid”. Ms Dodds tried to laugh off the claim saying Labour has had a history of promoting “circuit breaker” lockdowns that were criticised as being too tough. 

Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, host Marr asked the Shadow Chancellor: “It’s a difficult time to be in opposition because you have the Conservative Party, which is spending and, perhaps in due course, taxing higher than before and it’s a pandemic and a national crisis.

“And all of that, but a very simple question for you and for the leadership, are you simply too timid?”

Ms Dodds quickly composed herself and said: “No, I think we are quite the opposite.

“And if you look back to, for example, a few months ago, when labour called for a circuit breaker many people at that point said no.

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Anneliese Dodds was startled by the question from Andrew Marr (Image: BBC)

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Anneliese Dodds appeared on the show on Sunday morning (Image: BBC)

“This isn’t the right thing to be calling for but actually that kind of bold action could have put us in a much better position.

“And it would have meant we didn’t need to have that very very long, very intense lockdown to the same extent that we saw following it, so I would definitely reject that characterization”

Earlier in her BBC interview, Ms Dodds was asked whether she supported the Conservative’s £20 Universal Credit uplift and if it should be kept permanently. 

However, while the Labour MP explained her party’s position on changing the benefits system, an angry Marr was “perplexed” over why she refused to answer the simple question. 

This week, Ms Dodds has been repeatedly called out by show hosts for not answering questions that are put to her. 

Anneliese Dodds grilled over corporation tax by Ridge

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Rishi Sunak will announce new economic measures at the March Budget next week (Image: Getty)

During her weekend media round, Ms Dodds also appeared on Sky News to discuss Labour’s demands for the March Budget. 

But she was quickly embarrassed by Sophy Ridge when she revealed the Labour Party’s manifesto supported the rise of corporation tax but is now campaigning against it. 

Ms Dodds once again dodged the question and said she would “welcome” the long-term debate on the topic. 

Labour leader Keir Starmer said that he could not support increased taxes on people and businesses. 

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Anneliese Dodds faced tough questioning during her media round (Image: Getty )

While details of the Budget are not released ahead of time due to market sensitivity, some have theorised as to what the announcements may contain. 

The Chancellor has already discussed the introduction of a tax for online businesses that he says have “benefitted” from the pandemic. 

But the details of such a tax have yet to be revealed with some believing an additional green tax may be put on them to better their environmental impact. 

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Chancellor may also freeze the rate of basic income tax threshold to £12,500 and £50,000. 

The issues surrounding furlough will also be addressed and the extent the Government further the scheme.

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