Steve Beasant

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

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The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield today told the Health Select Committee that children she has spoken to feel they have to have attempted suicide before they can get mental health treatment. Responding, Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “Sadly, outrageous thresholds for treatment are all too common in children’s mental health services. “It’s […]

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UK public sector borrowing rose to £8.0bn in October, official figures show, up £500m from a year earlier.  The increase is partly due to increased debt repayment costs, caused by higher inflation since the Brexit vote. In October 2017 the debt interest paid by central government was £6bn, the second-highest monthly figure on record and […]

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The Liberal Democrats have said Theresa May’s red line on the EU court of justice is now “smudged beyond all recognition,” after day of confusion over the Government’s position. Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis this morning refused to rule out allowing the EU Court of Justice to continue overseeing the rights of EU citizens in the […]

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Gove’s Department using 1,400 disposable coffee cups a day

by Steve Beasant on 21 November, 2017

Over 2.5 million disposable coffee cups have been purchased by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the past five years, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed. This is equivalent to almost 1,400 a day. The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed Michael Gove “needs to get his own house in order,” […]

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The aerospace industry has warned that a no-deal scenario for Brexit would be “chaotic”. Speaking to MPs on the business select committee, Paul Everitt of aerospace industry group ADS, warned “No deal would be the worst possible outcome, from an industry point of view. We believe that would be chaotic, and unhelpful for this particular sector, and […]

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The Government has laid out plans to leave the customs union, including in the case of no deal, in the newly published Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill. It comes after a vote yesterday in which the Labour leadership ordered its MPs to vote with the Conservatives against an amendment to keep the UK in the customs union. […]

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Labour vote to back a Conservative Hard Brexit yet again

by Steve Beasant on 21 November, 2017

The following article was written by Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron and published today on the Liberal Democrat Website. Last night I voted to keep Britain in the customs union. I was joined by several brave Labour MPs who defied their whips. But that was it. Labour shamefully voted with the Tories […]

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Commenting on the news that London will lose the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris, despite David Davis claiming in April the UK could keep them, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented: “While not surprising, these moves mark the beginning of the jobs Brexodus. “Large private sector organisations are also considering moving to […]

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The Labour Party have joined the government in voting for a hard Brexit as they voted against an amendment that would have kept the option open for the UK to remain in the Single Market and Customs Union. Commenting after the vote Tim Farron MP said: “Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have voted together again for a hard […]

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Responding to the news that the European Medicines Agency will move from London to Amsterdam along with 900 jobs, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented: “This is a bitter Brexit blow to UK science and our world-leading pharmaceutical sector. “The Brexiteers promised leaving the EU would create jobs, instead hundreds of jobs are already […]

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