Ed Davey: Queen’s Speech shows Conservatives are neglecting rural communities

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Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “This Queen’s Speech does nothing to help the millions of families and pensioners facing soaring bills and eye watering inflation. The Conservatives have failed to deliver a cut to VAT that would have saved families an average of £600, failed to help pensioners and failed to help the most vulnerable in our society. “The Conservatives are continuing to neglect rural communities. There was nothing in these plans to support farmers on the brink, to tackle soaring ambulance waiting times and GP shortages, or to stop the dumping of filthy sewage into our river and seas. “It shows a Prime Minister refusing to listen to the clear message sent by voters at last week’s local elections who are fed up…
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Davey victory speech: Blue Wall gains sending “almighty shockwave”

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Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has described the local election results, which have seen his party gain 58 seats across England so far, as “an almighty shockwave that will bring this Conservative Government tumbling down”. Ed Davey made the comments at a victory rally in the ultra marginal constituency of Wimbledon, where the party has gained 12 seats in the Merton Borough elections. The Liberal Democrats have also gained ground in Cheadle (Stockport), Witney (West Oxfordshire) and Eastleigh – all seats where the party is in a strong second place to the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats have won control of Hull City Council from Labour, as well as gaining a further nine seats in Richmond-upon-Thames, where they took control from the Conservatives in 2018. In a victory speech to party…
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Windrush Scandal: A Conservative Government Scandal

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Responding to the progress report on the Windrush Scandal, published by independent expert Wendy Williams who was appointed to advise the Home Office, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs Alistair Carmichael MP said: “The Conservative Government’s abysmal response to the Windrush Scandal is now a scandal all of its own. “Priti Patel has utterly failed to get a grip on the broken immigration system or scrap the hostile environment that saw innocent people wrongly detained, deported and made homeless. In fact, she is only making things worse. Her failure to sort out the Home Office is clear from the appalling chaos and delays facing Ukrainian refugees, even as families across the UK want to welcome them with open arms. “Conservative Ministers must finally admit their mistake and take the Compensation…
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P&O: Shapps must answer questions in Parliament over November meeting

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Responding to news that the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps met with DP World in Dubai in November 2021 and that he was warned that P&O would be needing to make changes to their business, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Trade and Transport, Sarah Olney MP said: "Grant Shapps has serious questions to answer about what he knew and when about P&O's plans to shamefully sack its workers. "The Transport Secretary must come before Parliament to provide the urgent answers that P&O workers and their families deserve. "It's looks increasingly like Grant Shapps was asleep at the wheel, and missed vital opportunities to intervene and protect people's livelhihoods. If that is the case, he would surely have no choice but to resign."
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