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Wherever Universal Credit is introduced the pressure on local food banks goes up

Responding to reports that the Universal Credit roll-out is leading to an increased need for food bank parcels, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Stephen Lloyd said: “Wherever Universal Credit is introduced, the pressure on local food banks goes up; in Hastings last year it soared by a shocking 80%. Given major cuts to benefits since 2015, it’s no wonder … Continue reading Wherever Universal Credit is introduced the pressure on local food banks goes up

If govt backs customs union membership we will support them 

Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable MP and the party's Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP have penned a joint letter to Theresa May offering Liberal Democrat support, if the government backs membership of the customs union.  Writing to the Prime Minister, Mr Cable and Mr Brake said:    "The government cannot have failed to notice that the EU remains by … Continue reading If govt backs customs union membership we will support them 

Charter win sets bar for civil, political, social and economic rights

Liberal Democrats have voted with a majority of cross-party Peers in the House of Lords to inflict another defeat on the government.  An amendment to retain the Charter of Fundamental Rights in UK law was successfully moved and is the third defeat for the government in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords … Continue reading Charter win sets bar for civil, political, social and economic rights

Vince Cable: tech sector threatened with ill-thought-out legislation 

Responding to Jeremy Hunt's letter to large tech corporations, leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: "Although clearly action must be taken to address the disproportionate power of large tech corporations, Hunt is wrong to threaten this sector with more ill-thought-out legislation.  "Technology and social media are here to stay, and we must establish … Continue reading Vince Cable: tech sector threatened with ill-thought-out legislation 

Lib Dems respond to leaked EHRC letter 

Responding to the leaked EHRC letter revealing that ethnic minorities may be disproportionately affected by new electoral identification rules, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: “The government has proven itself unable to strike the right balance between preventing the very limited electoral fraud we see, and encouraging as many people as possible to vote. … Continue reading Lib Dems respond to leaked EHRC letter 

New-build home woes fall on deaf ears

Commenting on an investigation into Bovis Homes, conducted by The Times, Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse said:   “Our housing market is not producing the quantity, quality, or type of new homes we need. More than half of new homes have experienced major problems, whilst major housebuilding firms have seen their profits increase by … Continue reading New-build home woes fall on deaf ears

‘go whistle’ comment bilious buffoonery

Commenting on an NAO report confirming the cost of the Brexit 'divorce', Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:  “Boris Johnson’s claim that the EU can ‘go whistle’ over a divorce bill looks, even by his standards, to be a piece of particularly bilious buffoonery.  "The NAO have confirmed the cost of divorce, whilst likely to … Continue reading ‘go whistle’ comment bilious buffoonery

Theresa May had an obsession with cultivating harsh policies aimed at immigrants

Responding to reports that Theresa May played a leading role in shaping anti-immigration plans Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey, said:   “Theresa May is desperate to distance herself from the regressive and hostile actions of the Home Office whilst she was in charge, but the evidence is that she was only too keen to … Continue reading Theresa May had an obsession with cultivating harsh policies aimed at immigrants