Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Hammond so out of touch on unemployment – Vince Cable

by Steve Beasant on 19 November, 2017

Following claims on Marr by the Chancellor that “there are no unemployed people”, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said it showed the Conservative government was hopelessly out of touch with huge numbers of people in Britain today. Vince Cable said: “As Chancellor, Philip Hammond needs to be on top of the numbers, and as he […]

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1,000 nurseries close since 2015 – Lib Dem response

by Steve Beasant on 19 November, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the government following reports that over 1,000 nurseries have closed since 2015, despite Conservative promises of 30 hours a week of free childcare for working parents. Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson, said: “The Conservatives promised to be the party of the family but they have turned out to […]

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Reported budget plan for housing derisory – Vince Cable

by Steve Beasant on 19 November, 2017

Reports that the Chancellor will find £5bn to tackle the housing crisis in the budget have been criticised by Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable as not going nearly far enough. Vince Cable said: “His own cabinet colleague Sajid Javid has said we need 10 times that amount to tackle the housing crisis. I would put it […]

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Norman Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

by Steve Beasant on 18 November, 2017

Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has organised a cross-party group of 90 MPs, including select committee chairs and former cabinet ministers, to write to the prime minister urging the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a sustainable long-term settlement for these services.  The call has been backed by a high-profile […]

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The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of “kicking the can down the road,”  after it was announced a long-awaited Green Paper on tackling the social care crisis will be delayed until next Summer. Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “This Government is completely failing to address the social care crisis which has […]

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Following a leaked report claiming that the UK will only be offered a Canada-style trade deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “It is possible that this paper has been leaked to put pressure on the British government, but it is a further sign of how far away we are from a deal. “Far […]

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Several clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are introducing minimum waiting times for “non urgent” operations, according to the Health Service Journal. CCGs in Lincolnshire are understood to have introduced a minimum wait of around three months, while Trafford CCG in Greater Manchester confirmed it was considering a similar move. Liberal Democrat MP and former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “This […]

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New UC claimants will go hungry this Christmas – Lib Dems

by Steve Beasant on 16 November, 2017

Children will go hungry and be made homeless this Christmas due to the government imposed time-lag before Universal Credit claimants receive their first payment, the Liberal Democrats have said. This follows a report by the Peabody Trust into Universal Credit that says 60,000 families will not receive payment this side of the Festive season. Liberal Democrat […]

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Government must learn from legacy of Grenfell – Lib Dems

by Steve Beasant on 16 November, 2017

The official death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire has been announced as 71. Shelter have also revealed that the government are failing to provide housing for disadvantaged families, as only 41,530 homes built in 2016-17 were affordable,19% of the total. Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, said:  “Now that we […]

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Falling retail sales – Vince Cable responds

by Steve Beasant on 16 November, 2017

Following news that annual retail sales have fallen for the first time since 2013, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: “High inflation is hitting people’s pockets. With food prices soaring, the weekly shop has become a source of trepidation for families across the country. The uncertainty caused by Brexit is hurting the economy and British […]

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