The Labor Party has accused the Conservative Party of allowing a lifestyle of lavish spending for the party members. According to the Labor Party, this lavish spendings include overspending on hotels, art pieces, alcohol, and other such luxury things with the tax-payers money. These bills have been included in the study by the Labor Party in 2021’s spending on government cards. The Conservative Party spent almost ￡24,000 on alcohol alone. The Conservative Party represented by Rishi Sunak and his government said this is just another political stunt by the Labor Party. The spokesperson from the Conservative Party fired back at the Labor Party for spending almost ￡1 billion on government procurement cards back in 2009. This was the period when the Labor Party was in power. Addressing the same spending, the Conservative Party spokesperson said that, unlike the Labor Party, their party reduced the number of cards and made it mandatory for the government to make their spending public.
The Labor Party represents social democrats, democratic socialists, and trade unionists in the country. It is one of the oldest parties in the UK and the current part of the two-party system in Britain. This means that the Labor Party is the only opposition to the Conservative Party which is currently in Power. Thus it is expected for both parties to enter into political disputes, especially considering the long time spent by the Labor Party without Power. It was the 2008-2010 global recession that put the Labor Party out of Power. Since then, the Labor Party has struggled to challenge the Conservative Party. But now the Conservative Party has found itself in the same position as the UK is going through inflation. Thus, it is expected for the Labor Party to increase its efforts of cornering the conservatives. Despite all this, the accusations made by the Labor Party have solid grounds.
The spending on government debit cards covers only 14 departments under the UK government. Thus the reasoning offered by the Conservative Party stating that the Labor Party spent ￡1 billion on GPCs does not hold any grounds as the spendings represent the entire public sector under the Labor Party. Government procurement cards (GPCs) provide a better way of purchasing goods and services and making payments, thus they carry a higher significance for the government. It is a much more efficient payment system that offers higher control over the process of procuring goods and services. The GPCs were introduced by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1997. GPCs provided a better way for public service providers, a better way to procure goods. Angela Rayner, the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, said that Rishi Sunak completely failed to control the lavish spending by his government. The Labor Party showed that Sunak’s government spent a significant amount on fine art photographs, restaurants and bars, USB cables for staff, and many others. These spending data show the irresponsible spending made by the current UK government. These findings have indeed increased the legitimacy of accusations made by the Labor Party.