Budget: Crushed hopes for small businesses

Christine Jardine MP, Treasury Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, reacted to the budget: “Small businesses across the country remain on the brink, while millions of workers remain excluded from Government support altogether. "Small businesses were looking to the Chancellor to give them a lifeline - something to give them hope of getting through the next … Continue reading Budget: Crushed hopes for small businesses

Furlough for SMEs – a proposal for revenue-lost scheme for small businesses

Liberal Democrats propose a revenue-lost scheme for small businesses Compensating businesses for lost revenue due to the pandemic has already proved successful in Germany and has been backed by the FSB. The Liberal Democrats now call on the Chancellor to adopt this vital bailout before we lose more small businesses from our communities. This bold … Continue reading Furlough for SMEs – a proposal for revenue-lost scheme for small businesses

Furlough extension: Compensate rent for small businesses on the brink

Christine Jardine MP, Treasury Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, responded to the Government reportedly planning to extend the furlough jobs scheme until September. The Liberal Democrats are proposing a German style revenue loss scheme to compensate small businesses for fixed costs incurred during the pandemic.* Christine Jardine MP, called on the Government to go much … Continue reading Furlough extension: Compensate rent for small businesses on the brink

Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Responding to new ONS unemployment figures, showing the unemployment rate has risen to 5.1%, Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "Behind each number in today's statistic is a family worrying how they will pay their bills, and hoping that next week the Chancellor will offer a big, bold innovative plan that will help … Continue reading Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

“No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report

Last night's publication of the Resolution Foundation report* revealed that almost two million workers have not worked for at least six months of the Covid crisis. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP responded, saying:  "These figures show exactly why the Government needs to act decisively and the budget will tell us if they have … Continue reading “No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report

Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London addresses London Chamber of Commerce

This week, Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor, 2021, set out her priorities to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Clear that she will be a pro-business Mayor, Luisa complemented London business for the positive attitude so many have kept up during the past, difficult year: "Businesses have proven they care about … Continue reading Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London addresses London Chamber of Commerce

Speech given by Luisa Porritt to London Chamber of Commerce

Full text of the speech given by Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Mayor of London, 2021, to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 16th February 2021 ***          ***          *** Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with LCCI and its members today. Business … Continue reading Speech given by Luisa Porritt to London Chamber of Commerce

GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind

Responding to the GDP figures showing the UK economy shrank by a record 9.9% in 2020, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:   “We have all seen the devastating effect Coronavirus has had in the past year and the hardship it has created, but these figures put into stark reality what a challenge we … Continue reading GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind

GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind

  Responding to the GDP figures showing the UK economy shrank by a record 9.9% in 2020, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:   "We have all seen the devastating effect Coronavirus has had in the past year and the hardship it has created, but these figures put into stark reality what a … Continue reading GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind