Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
The Liberal Democrats have said the Chancellor is "living on another planet" after he claimed on interviews this morning that changes to the Universal Credit taper amount to cutting taxes. It comes as analysis from the Resolution Foundation finds that the average household will see their tax bills rise by £3,000 by 2027.
Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:
"This Chancellor is living on another planet if he thinks the British people are going to believe this spin. This underlines how completely out of touch he is, if he thinks we are going to buy this nonsense, especially given the average household faces a £3000 tax rise thanks to this Conservative government.
"The only people celebrating a tax cut this morning are the bankers.
"This was a bankers' budget, when it should have been a children's budget. The woefully tiny amount given for school catch-up was an insult to parents."
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Reacting to the Government's new low carbon heating announcement, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Wera Hobhouse MP said:
Friday, October 15, 2021
Reacting to the Government giving overseas butchers a six month temporary visa, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Food and Rural Affairs Tim Farron MP said:
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Responding to Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden's comments this morning on HGV drivers, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
“It is staggering that just 20 fuel tanker drivers from abroad who applied to work here are now on UK roads.
“In the face of a national crisis and our ports going into gridlock, the response from Conservative ministers is too little too late. This incompetence will mean more empty shelves and more misery for British consumers in the run-up to Christmas.
“The immigration system is broken, and it is hurting everyone. The government needs to end their arbitrary rules that shut out lorry drivers as ‘unskilled’ and take visa applications away from the Home Office to get them decided quickly and fairly.”
The government has missed its 2020 fuel poverty targets and is already at “high risk” of failing to meet its goals for 2025, a report by the Committee on Fuel Poverty has found.
Commenting on the findings, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey MP said:
Reacting to new statistics released yesterday which show that there has been a 9% rise in hate crimes since last year - now the highest on record - Liberal Democrat Justice and Equalities Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:
Reacting to the High Court's ruling earlier this week that trafficking victims should be granted leave to remain in the UK, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
Responding to concerns from homelessness charities that the number of women relying on their services is increasing, Liberal Democrat Women and Equalities Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:
Reacting to Lord Frost's speech in Lisbon yesterday on the UK-EU relationship and the Northern Ireland Protocol, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs and Northern Ireland Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP said:
“This Conservative Government is playing out like a badly-written farce. The same minister who just months ago was trumpeting the Government's botched Brexit deal now says it’s intolerable and has to be changed.
“After all the upheaval British businesses have suffered and all the challenges they face now, they need certainty and support from the Government, not more pointless posturing. The solution to disruption and shortages is working together with our friends and neighbours, not picking needless fights.
“Boris Johnson's Conservatives have got to stop talking so casually about breaking international law. Every time they do this, it weakens the UK’s standing with our closest neighbours and around the world."
Monday, October 11, 2021
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
The Liberal Democrats have demanded that the Conservatives finally bring in long-delayed legislation to tackle money-laundering through UK properties as soon as Parliament returns later this month.
It comes as the latest revelations from the Pandora papers suggest that £4 billion worth of UK property has been bought using offshore firms.
The Conservative government still hasn’t introduced legislation to establish a public beneficial ownership register of overseas entities that own UK property, despite promising it nearly five years ago. A draft bill was published in 2018 and was mentioned in the 2019 Queen’s Speech, but the law still hasn’t been introduced to Parliament.
Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Layla Moran commented:
“The stench of corruption and sleaze at the heart of the Conservative party is becoming hard to ignore.
“The Conservatives have been sitting on this legislation for years, despite repeatedly promising to act. In that time millions of pounds worth of UK property has been bought using offshore firms, including it seems by major Conservative party donors.
“The government must introduce this long-delayed legislation as soon as Parliament returns. The longer they wait, the more this looks like a deliberate delay to help their wealthy donor friends.”