Still waiting! BBC QT audience members slate Sunak over air passenger duty cut in Budget

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BBC host Fiona Bruce, 57, was joined in Stockport by the Tory Treasury Minister Lucy Frazer, 49, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson, 37, Blackley-born NatWest Chairman Sir Howard Davies, 70, economist Miatta Fahnbulleh, 42, and Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Jenny Campbell, 60. Rishi Sunak’s Budget seemed to be the hot topic in Greater Manchester last night.

Even when attention turned to climate change, audience members challenged the Chancellor’s sincerity on going green.

One audience member mockingly asked whether the Chancellor’s air duty cut represented “levelling-up” pollutants for domestic travel.

“If the idea is really about levelling up,” they asked, “does that mean we are trying to raise the level of pollutants that come about from domestic air travel?”

The UK is now just days away from hosting world leaders for the United Nations’ climate change summit in Glasgow.

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The event, known as COP26, was frequently referenced during last night’s episode of Question Time.

However, audience members were also quick to slate Sunak for not talking about climate change in his 64-minute Budget Day speech.

Instead, the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the air passenger duty on domestic travel.

An audience member said: “What you were putting out is that it is okay to travel by plane when planes are one of the biggest polluters.

“At the end of the day, again, as one of the panel members said, climate was not even mentioned [in the Budget].

“What message is that putting out to people now and too young people in light of the fact that we are hosting a global thing around climate.

“And I’m still waiting for the answer.”

Next week Ms Bruce will travel down from Stockport to Eastleigh in Hampshire.

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The BBC’s arrival in Eastleigh will be the second time Question Time has made the visit to Hampshire in the 2021 series after being in Aldershot in October.

While the panel is yet to be announced, Ms Bruce did say the Green Party’s sole MP, Caroline Lucas, would join her in Eastleigh.

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