The Chancellor is to announce £15 billion of new road schemes across Britain, two thirds of which are in Coalition constituencies.
The announcement, coming just months before the general election, will form a key part of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday.
More than 80 schemes are being detailed by Mr Osborne, the Tory chancellor and Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Some 65 have been cleared to start, with two thirds of the schemes in Conservative or Lib Dem areas, including some of the parties’ most marginal seats, The Telegraph has found.
Of those, 42 schemes will benefit the constituencies of Coalition MPs and 21 will benefit Labour MPs. Two other schemes benefit both Labour and Coalition MPs.
Government spending is always deployed to purchase votes for the current members of the government.
Quite why anyone should be surprised by this I’m not sure. It’s one of the certainties of political life. The Labour Party promises spending that will get it votes, the Tories do, the Lib Dems do: it’s one of the basic critiques of allwoing the government to spend anything. It doesn’t get spent on the good of the nation it gets spent on the good of those allocating the spending.