The Liberal Democrats have challenged Downing Street to hold Viktor Orban to account during his visit to Downing Street tomorrow.
The Hungarian Prime Minister has been accused of antisemitism, islamophobia and making a sustained assault on democracy and the freedom of the press.
In a joint letter to Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP and Lib Dem Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP wrote:
"When you decide to invite leaders of other countries to Downing Street, your choice matters. It sends a signal to our allies; to our partners; to people in Britain and around the world, of the UK’s values and commitments.
"We are therefore extremely concerned that you have chosen to invite Prime Minister Orbán to Downing Street. Orbán’s rule has been marked by a sustained assault on Hungarian democracy, on press freedom and on human rights.
"That you and your Government view co-operation with Orbán and his government as “vital to the UK’s security and prosperity” speaks volumes.
The letter lists 10 points that the Hungarian PM can be challenged on, including his record on civil liberties, women's and LGBT rights and Russia.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Responding to record-breaking public sector net borrowing statistics, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Treasury said:
"These record breaking figures are a warning of potential problems ahead. But they mustn’t be used by the Government as an excuse to cut short essential support while the economy reopens.
“Small businesses are concerned about the new Indian variant's potential threat to the final steps of re-opening. This must be taken into account in the next stage of the recovery.
"The Government must extend the furlough scheme at least until the end of the year, and unroll an ambitious revenue compensation scheme for small businesses that are still struggling.
"We now know the stark reality of the impact of the past year but the pandemic remains a threat to small businesses across the country and the Government's support must continue."
Monday, May 24, 2021
Responding to Priti Patel’s speech this morning on immigration, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill demanding a review into the impact of the Government's decision to exclude millions of workers from income support.
The amendment, up for selection on Monday (24th May), calls on the Government to carry out a review of its income support schemes within three months.
It specifies that the review should assess the impact on limited company directors and other categories of self-employed people, who have largely been excluded from financial support.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Treasury, Christine Jardine, said:
"It really is time that this Government stopped ignoring the plight of millions of taxpayers who have been excluded from vital financial support in this pandemic.
"Liberal Democrats are clear that the Government should act immediately to provide the financial support these people so desperately need. We are calling for a review into the impact of the Government’s lack of support for the excluded, which will lay bare the consequences of their poor decision and, we hope, prompt them into finally taking action."
Friday, May 21, 2021
“The Government’s response to the appalling Windrush Scandal is rapidly turning into a new scandal all of its own.
“It should never have been left to the Home Office – which caused so much harm in the first place – to put things right. That’s why Liberal Democrats called for the compensation scheme to be fully independent from the start.
“Conservative Ministers must finally admit their mistake and take the Compensation Scheme out of the hands of the discredited Home Office. Then we can finally get on with righting the wrongs done to the Windrush Generation and restoring public confidence in the immigration system.”
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
"It is utterly crucial that the UK gets back around the negotiation table and finds an agreement that means British touring performers can continue to work in the EU and our favourite European acts can perform here too.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Liberal Democrats have renewed calls on the Government to restore community policing and youth services, as new official figures show that police-recorded crime was down by 8% in 2020, but rose sharply when Covid restrictions were first lifted last summer.
Responding to the figures, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
“As we emerge from lockdown, everyone should be able to feel safe in their homes and walking down their streets. After the crime spike we saw last summer, the Government must act to prevent another surge as restrictions are lifted now.
“For far too long, Conservative Ministers have been trying hard to seem tough on crime, but failing to do what works to actually prevent it. Their unnecessary police cuts have contributed to the rise in serious violence.
“Police need the officers, resources and time to focus on preventing and solving crimes. Instead, the Tories want to waste police time chasing pointless, centralised Whitehall targets.
“Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. And the Government must also restore youth services to give young people a positive alternative to gangs and violence.”
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
Sunday, May 02, 2021
“I’m appalled that the Government has cancelled the UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme. I cannot believe that during a global pandemic the Conservatives are taking money away from the very programmes that are designed to build resilient health systems in developing countries.