Steve Beasant

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

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Responding to the Prisons Minister’s comments that jail sentences of six months or less should be scrapped, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:  “Short-term sentences perpetuate the crisis in our overcrowded prisons, cost millions and don’t work to prevent crime. Robust community-based sentences are far more successful in reducing reoffending and the chance […]

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Grayling has lost the plot

by Steve Beasant on 13 January, 2019

Responding to claims from Chris Grayling that blocking Brexit could lead to a rise in neo-Nazi extremist groups, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Chris Grayling has lost the plot. This kind of scaremongering is not only dangerous, but it is embarrassing. “Politicians should be focused on healing the divisions in our country, not […]

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Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has warned the Conservatives must commit to “major investment” to remedy the problems with Universal Credit. Ms Jardine said: “The Conservative’s botched roll-out of Universal Credit continues to cause real pain and misery that must be stopped. Liberal Democrats demand better than the Conservatives’ cruel policy of balancing the books […]

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Lib Dems: Penny has dropped with Hunt

by Steve Beasant on 11 January, 2019

Responding to Jeremy Hunt’s admission this morning that Parliament could block a no-deal Brexit while voting down the deal could mean the UK remaining in the EU, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said: “It would seem the penny has finally dropped within the Government, at least with Jeremy Hunt. Be in no doubt, a […]

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Responding to comments from a Number 10 Spokesperson that Brexit legislation will be completed by 29th March 2019, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said: “It is laughable that Number 10 are even attempting to make people believe that the Brexit legislation will be complete by 29th March. “Due to the Conservative Government’s insistence on pushing everything […]

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Responding to the reports that Nicola Blackwood has been given a peerage in the House of Lords, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords Dick Newby said: “With the announcement of another Tory peerage for life, the Prime Minister continues to move away from the proposals set out in the Burns Report which would ensure […]

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The Government’s Dad’s Army approach to Brexit

by Steve Beasant on 10 January, 2019

No deal Brexit spells disaster for Portsmouth International Port – read Vince Cable‘s thoughts from his visit here. No deal Brexit could mean road closures and gridlock at Portsmouth International Port. Three times as many lorries could pass through, causing disruption and pollution. This is yet another display of Government incompetence. It’s taking a ‘Dad’s Army’ approach […]

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No deal cannot be an option

by Steve Beasant on 10 January, 2019

Tom Brake MP shares his thoughts on the Government’s defeat over no deal on Tuesday night. On Tuesday night, thanks to Lib Dem MPs, the Government lost on a Finance Bill for the first time in 41 years. We won a vote on a cross-party amendment that demonstrates to the Government that a majority of MPs are opposed […]

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A national humiliation

by Steve Beasant on 10 January, 2019

There is no deal better for Britain than the one we currently have as a full member of the European Union. We will not stand idly by while the Conservatives destroy our economy, our NHS, our peace and security. The following article was written by Christine Jardine and published today on the Lib Dem Website. The […]

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Lib Dems call for Venezuelan President to step down

by Steve Beasant on 10 January, 2019

Commenting on the inauguration of President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela for his second six year term, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Jo Swinson said: “Today Nicolás Maduro will be sworn into this second term following an election that was judged neither free nor fair. “With millions fleeing the county due to the economic catastrophe in his […]

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