Jeremy Hunt is too cowardly to say what everyone else in Britain is thinking

Jeremy Hunt is too cowardly to say what everyone else in Britain is thinking

Parliamentary news
Responding to Jeremy Hunt refusing to answer if Boris Johnson is an honest man, Liberal Democrat Business spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said: "Britain needs new leadership to get through this cost of living crisis yet all we have is unfair tax hikes and a Prime Minister who can't tell the truth. Jeremy Hunt is too cowardly to say what everyone else in Britain is thinking. Boris Johnson is a serial liar and not fit to govern this country. "It is time Jeremy Hunt carried out his patriotic duty and called time on Boris Johnson as Prime Minister." "As a Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt should know the sheer anger felt in former Conservative heartlands at this Government. From Chesham and Amersham to last week's local election results, it is clear the…
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Windfall tax “flip flopping” sign of a government in chaos

Windfall tax “flip flopping” sign of a government in chaos

Parliamentary news
Responding to Boris Johnson's latest comments on introducing a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas companies, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: "The mixed signals from Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak over a windfall tax are a sign of a government in chaos that is failing to act on the cost of living emergency. "People want to see decisive action now to help them with soaring energy bills. Instead we have day after day of contradictory statements, while energy companies rake in record profits and families can't afford to put food on the table. "It is a clear sign that Boris Johnson is simply not fit to lead us through this time of national crisis. We need strong leadership, not endless flip flopping."
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Protections for cash machines announced in Queen’s Speech

Protections for cash machines announced in Queen’s Speech

Borough news, Parliamentary news
Oldham Liberal Democrat Group Leader and Shaw councillor, Howard Sykes MBE has been campaigning against cash machine closures in recent years and has welcomed the recent Queen’s Speech announcement about cash machines (ATMs). According to analysis from consumer researchers at ‘Which?’, since 2015, almost half of the UK’s bank branch network has closed. In addition, a further 12,178 free-to-use cash machines have vanished since 2018. During yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the government pledged to introduce a Financial Services and Markets Bill, which will contain measures to protect cash machines and keep them readily available to businesses and members of the public. “Access to cash is vital for businesses and individuals, even in today’s environment where so many transactions are cashless. We have already lost several cash machines in Shaw and Crompton.…
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NHS backlog: Health services ran into the ground by the Conservatives

NHS backlog: Health services ran into the ground by the Conservatives

Parliamentary news
Responding to new statistics that show the number of people in England waiting to start routine NHS hospital treatment has grown to a record high of 6.4 million and that A&E waiting times are the worst on record, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: "Blaming this backlog solely on the pandemic is an excuse that just won't wash. The Conservatives' have been running health services into the ground for years. "After years of neglect, health services have been plunged into crisis, with cancer patients waiting months for treatment and families facing deadly delays for an ambulance in an emergency. “Years of driving the NHS into the ground and taking it for granted is putting patients lives at risk. It's high time the Government hatch a serious plan to…
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GDP figures: Cut VAT to boost businesses

GDP figures: Cut VAT to boost businesses

Parliamentary news
Responding to the latest GDP figures, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "These are serious economic times which require serious leadership. Families and pensioners on the brink will never forgive this Conservative Government if they fail to act before it's too late. "The warning lights are flashing red for our economy but the Chancellor is nowhere to be found. If forecasts are correct then Britain is heading for a winter of discontent. "Now is the time to slash VAT to give families and businesses a lifeline. Instead we have a Government piling tax hikes and red tape on businesses which have barely survived the pandemic."
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Ambulance Crisis: Ignored for far too long

Ambulance Crisis: Ignored for far too long

Parliamentary news
Responding to the latest news on ambulance waiting times reported by the BBC, showing a 77% rise in serious incidents reported by paramedics, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: “This Conservative government has ignored this crisis for far too long. Patients are being put in danger and ambulance staff are on the brink. “If the Government doesn't act now there will be more and more distressing stories of patients being left waiting for an ambulance so long that in some cases it will just be too late. “Liberal Democrats have been sounding the alarm for months, calling for an urgent investigation into England’s ambulance services and a review of ambulance station closures - but the Tory government keeps turning a blind eye." The BBC article stated that: "Doctors…
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Heart attack patients facing hour wait in ambulance wait times crisis

Heart attack patients facing hour wait in ambulance wait times crisis

Parliamentary news
The Liberal Democrats have blasted the Conservative Government for presiding over an ambulance waiting time crisis “spiralling out of control”, as shocking new figures show that people across the country are facing increasingly dangerous delays for medical help. A Parliamentary Question tabled by the party’s health spokesperson Daisy Cooper has uncovered the shocking news that people up and down the country, in need of emergency medical attention, are waiting almost twenty minutes longer on average than they would have two years ago. The Liberal Democrats are calling for emergency action to be taken in the upcoming Queen’s Speech to address the crisis and give paramedics and handlers the support they need. This includes urgent investment in A&E departments and a new Community Ambulance Fund, as well as a review of…
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Emergency budget: £38m tax bill for every day of inaction

Emergency budget: £38m tax bill for every day of inaction

Parliamentary news
Every day without an emergency budget costs the squeezed-middle £38 million extra in taxesHouseholds pay extra £1.6 million in tax for every hour Parliament debates Queen’s SpeechLib Dem MP calls the debate “the most expensive waste of time by Parliament I have ever known” Analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found the additional tax hikes introduced by this Conservative Government is costing households £38 million a day. The figures come as Michael Gove denied the Government would be introducing an Emergency Budget this week despite hints from the Prime Minister in Parliament yesterday. Today, Parliament will be debating the Queen’s Speech, yet hard-pressed families will be forking out an extra £1.6 million per hour in tax hikes. These tax increases include the hit from National Insurance Contributions increasing and the…
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Gove rules out emergency budget in “shambles”

Gove rules out emergency budget in “shambles”

Parliamentary news
After Michael Gove ruling out an emergency budget to help tackle the cost of living crisis, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "This is a complete shambles. "Millions of families and pensioners are struggling to get by. They need more help now before things get even worse in the autumn. "Instead all we get from this Conservative government is chaos and confusion. "An emergency budget is needed now to cut taxes for ordinary families while taxing the super profits of oil and gas companies. That would be the fair and right thing to do."
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Queen’s Speech: Rescue package needed for rural communities let down by Conservatives

Queen’s Speech: Rescue package needed for rural communities let down by Conservatives

Parliamentary news
The Liberal Democrats are demanding a rescue package for rural communities in the Queen's Speech that have been “forgotten about” by Boris Johnson and his Conservative Government. It comes after a huge backlash against the Conservatives in rural areas at the local elections with the Liberal Democrats making sweeping gains, including taking control of Somerset and Westmorland and Furness councils. The Liberal Democrats have demanded that the Queen’s Speech address some of the glaring issues being faced by people living in the countryside, such as long ambulance waiting times and the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and waterways. Sewage: Bring into law Tim Farron’s Sewage Discharges Bill, which would ban water companies from dumping sewage into rivers and legislate to name and shame those companies who poison animals and swimmers.Farming: Introduce…
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