The government’s bill that will cut spending on welfare by £12 billion has been passed in the House of Commons, with 308 votes to 124.
Liberal Democrat MPs, along with SNP and 48 rebel Labour MPs voted against the Bills 2nd reading. The majority of Labour MPs abstained, allowing the Conservative Cuts Bill to proceed with Labour’s tacit support.
Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, described the Government’s plans were “unfair, unwise and inhuman”.
He said: ” We will vote against this Bill because we know the depth and character of these proposals are unfair, unwise and inhuman. They are anything but economically necessary.”
Tim said: “This Government pledges a living wage which even they know is not one. They want a welfare state that is anything but good for our country’s welfare and it uses the guise of economic necessity to cover up ideologically driven cuts.”
Tim also said: “Cutting tax credits, tightening the benefit cap and ramping up Right to Buy are not just morally wrong they are economically wrong. Widening inequality is not just against British decency it is also economically stupid.”
Before denouncing Labour for giving in to the “narrative that the answer to our country’s needs is to pit the working poor against the temporarily not working poor”.
Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb ran distinctively liberal, strong campaigns that spoke to party members across the UK. At numerous hustings and meetings with members, they spoke of their liberal values, the direction they think we should go, and how to best rebuild the party over the coming months and years.
Earlier this week it was reported in the Telegraph and on the radio that Lord Nash, a Conservative schools Minister, had said schools have the power to search and confiscate junk food from pupil’s school lunches.
This is totally backwards in a free society. The correct approach should be to educate and support parent and pupils in making healthy food choices. Confiscating food from children only victimizes pupils.
Government should be pushing for 100% free school meals rather than condone policies more at home in a police state than in a school. In the last Government Lib Dems ensured 5-7 years old children had a free hot meal. Indeed in our Manifesto it was our ambition to expand that to every primary school child.
More Often than not when the Recycling Boxes are collected in Bridgnorth, Boxes that have been dutifully placed at the side of the road for the convenience of the collection team, are discarded willy nilly all over place.
Is it too much to ask to for the boxes to be placed back, tidily, where they were found? Apparently is it too much for the collection team to cope with. All too often boxes are just tossed aside, obstructing the pavement or even left in the road! Dropped Recyclables left scattered about also only makes the situation worse.
What is your experience of the recycling collections? Can they and should they be doing a better job of collecting our recyclables?
Surely Shropshire Council & Veolia can do better??
Yesterday evening Ludlow Constituency Lib Dems hosted a thank you event for supporters and new members #libdempint #libdemfightback
Special Guest for the evening was Mark Williams MP, member of Parliament for Ceredigion, who gave a rallying speech on the future prospects of the Lib Dems following the upcoming Leadership Election.
Guests were treated to a video presentation from both Leadership candidates, Norman Lamb MP and Tim Farron MP, with thank you speeches from the Constituency Chairman, Cllr Heather Kidd and the Ludlow Lib Dems Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Charlotte Barnes.
After many drinks chats and some fabulous food everybody departed in high spirits and optimistic for the future of the party, locally and nationally.