Fiery budget response from Corbyn – but what’s his alternative?
It is a difficult job for any opposition leader to respond to the government’s budget statement. Because of secrecy rules, the opposition is never entirely sure what will be in the budget.
As the chancellor delivers his speech, the opposition benches get busy writing notes and delivering them to the front bench to help the leader of the opposition response. They focus on key issues or omissions made by the chancellor.