Steve Beasant

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

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Responding to reports that more than 1,600 engineers, tech specialists, teachers and NHS staff offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between December and March, Liberal Democrat Science Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “These figures are truly shocking. These are people that the Government should be bending over backwards to welcome to the UK. Instead they […]

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Commenting on the fact the government has been forced to take the East Coast Rail line into public ownership former Business Secretary and Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable, said: “The government cannot keep bailing out private companies that run rail franchises. “We need to turn this into an opportunity to keep one rail franchise under […]

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Lib Dems: Recognise Palestine to rekindle hope

by Steve Beasant on 16 May, 2018

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran yesterday called on the UK Government to recognise Palestine to rekindle hope in the region, following the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014. Ms Moran, who is the first MP of Palestinian descent, also urged the UK Government to acknowledge that the two sides in the conflict are not “meeting […]

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Responding to reports that leading Brexit supporter and Tory MEP Dan Hannan has admitted that Brexit is “not working out”, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said: “Dan Hannan’s admission is a real embarrassment for Theresa May and recognition that the Conservatives are coughing and spluttering through the Brexit process. “From the failure to find a solution for the […]

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Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd has today written to the Government demanding action to make it easier for domestic abuse victims to have money paid into a separate bank account. Lloyd’s proposal comes after it was revealed the Universal Credit lump sum payment is paid into one designated bank account for the whole household, often the […]

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Responding to the Government statement on the Belhaj and Boudchar cases, Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has challenged ministers to do more to deliver justice for those who were involved in unlawful extraordinary rendition. Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael said:  “Today’s announcement brings to a close a shameful chain of events which have been deeply disturbing to Mr. Belhaj […]

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Responding to the Bank of England’s decision not to raise interest rates, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:  “It’s absolutely extraordinary that the Bank of England does not feel able to authorise a return to normal interest rates given the weaknesses of the economy, including dire construction figures and close to zero economic growth, […]

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Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse and campaigner Gina Martin have today announced that they are working with the Ministry of Justice to make ‘upskirting’ a specific sexual offence. After securing the Prime Minister’s commitment to consider Wera Hobhouse’s Bill at PMQs last week, Wera, Gina and lawyer Ryan Whelan (Gibson Dunn) have been working on […]

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Lib Dems: Incredulity at Brexiters’ cockiness

by Steve Beasant on 10 May, 2018

Commenting on reports that Brexiters are suggesting an extension of the transition period to accommodate changes to customs arrangements, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said: “People will remember with incredulity Liam Fox’s claim that a free trade agreement with the EU should be ‘one of the easiest in human history’. “It is now clear there isn’t […]

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Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable yesterday called on the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to publish a Foreign Office document that reportedly warned of the Windrush crisis. The BBC reported last week that Caribbean ministers alerted Philip Hammond, the then Foreign Secretary, in April 2016 of the possible deportation of immigrants who had spent most […]

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