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Ed Davey: Government must take action on organised crime

by Steve Beasant on 2 November, 2018

Responding to reports from the National Crime Agency that show the extent of organised crime in the UK, Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: “The true cost of organised crime extends well beyond the financial impact. It includes the children exploited by gangs, the vulnerable people held in modern slavery and the lives […]

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Responding to the Chancellor yesterday Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey said:  “Given the sharp rise of serious violence on our streets and the worsening crisis in our prisons, it’s almost unbelievable that the Chancellor’s Budget contained not a single penny to tackle these problems. “Merely promising to ‘review police spending power’ isn’t nearly good enough. “Liberal […]

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‘Hot air’ Tories abandon commitment to latte levy

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2018

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that the Government will dump their commitment to a latte levy, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:  “It is bitterly disappointing that the Chancellor has abandoned the Government’s commitment to introduce a levy on plastic cups. “It proves the Tories are full of hot air and no credible action. It […]

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Responding to the Chancellor’s Universal Credit plans from the Budget, Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd said: “After stubbornly resisting for far too long, the Government has finally responded to pressure from the Liberal Democrats and put back some of the money into the Universal Credit Work Allowance, which they stupidly cut the moment we were no […]

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Gamblers face another year of being held captive to FOBTs

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2018

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement today that the £2 maximum stake for Fixed-Odds-Betting-Terminals will not be implemented until October 2019, former Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Lord Foster said: “We know with absolute certainty that this delay will see yet more lives ruined by these highly addictive machines. “Communities up and down the country see the […]

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Budget clouded by Brexit disarray and uncertainty

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2018

Responding to the Budget yesterday afternoon, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:  “May and Hammond can’t agree what a no-deal Brexit will mean for the Budget. Hammond thinks it will require a whole new, emergency budget while May has attempted to save face and insist the Budget will stand regardless. What a mess. “This […]

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Fiscal Phil’s sticking plaster Budget

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2018

“A standstill non-event” Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event. “With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems are still […]

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Former Liberal Democrat Mental Health Minister Norman Lamb has today warned the Chancellor’s expected announcement of £2bn for mental health services “falls well short” and called for investment in “community-based care as well as early years support.” Mr Lamb said: “While extra funding for mental health is sorely needed, the Chancellor is investing the bare […]

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Responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report slamming the Government for its “cursory” response to its report on the future of EEA migration, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said: “On planning for post-Brexit immigration, Conservative Ministers are acting like school kids who can’t be bothered to do their homework. “Their response to […]

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Responding to reports that the PM will tell parliament the Government has negotiated 95% of the Brexit deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Considering the mess the Government has made of Brexit the fact 95% of the shambles is complete is unlikely to bring confidence to anyone. “Not only has the PM failed to come up with […]

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