Furlough must remain place until June 2021

From Liberal Democrat HQ Press Office: Responding to the reports that the Chancellor is set to extend the furlough scheme until March 2021, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:"This is yet another example of the Government's incompetence and indecision delaying the action the country needs."It was clear to everyone that the furlough scheme needed … Continue reading Furlough must remain place until June 2021

Four nations meeting welcomed as a “first step” – Lib Dems

From Liberal Democrat HQ Press Office: Responding to news that the four Governments of the UK have met to develop a UK-wide approach to restrictions for the festive period, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:"People across our family of nations will be reassured to hear that efforts are at last underway to ensure everyone … Continue reading Four nations meeting welcomed as a “first step” – Lib Dems

PM must properly plan ahead to protect jobs and lives, warns Davey

From Liberal Democrat HQ Press Office: Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement [31/10/2020] that England will go into a second national lockdown until 2nd December, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:"Yet again, Boris Johnson dithered, delayed, and ignored expert advice. He was too slow in March and too slow again now, and his failure … Continue reading PM must properly plan ahead to protect jobs and lives, warns Davey

Govt meetings must produce results for families over the festive season

Responding to reports that the UK Government will hold meetings to try to develop a UK-wide approach to restrictions for the festive period, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:"It is welcome that the governments of the four nations are listening to the Liberal Democrats' calls. With so many families desperate to be back together … Continue reading Govt meetings must produce results for families over the festive season

Government must fix failing test and trace system

Responding to statistics released today showing that four in ten close contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus in England are still not being reached by the Test and Trace system, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:"These figures today show that tracing is still woefully inadequate, despite repeated calls for the Government to fix the failing test … Continue reading Government must fix failing test and trace system

Four nations summit needed to keep families safe at Christmas

Liberal Democrats in Scotland, Wales and England have joined with the Alliance Party in calling for a “four nations summit” to consider a united approach to keeping family gatherings safe during the festive season.In a joint letter to the four governments of the UK, the Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey, Scottish Leader Willie Rennie, Welsh … Continue reading Four nations summit needed to keep families safe at Christmas

PM’s claim “does not ring true” given Govt stance on free school meals

Responding to the Prime Minister's claim that the Conservative Government will "do everything in our power to make sure no child goes hungry this winter during the holidays", Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said: "Boris Johnson's claim does not ring true given his hard-hearted refusal to u-turn on free school meals. "The idea that other measures … Continue reading PM’s claim “does not ring true” given Govt stance on free school meals

Tories must “wake up to reality” and do the right thing on Free School Meals

Responding to comments from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, speaking on today's Andrew Marr show, suggesting that the Government will not change its position on Free School Meals, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP said:“Tory Ministers must stop defending the indefensible on free school meals. We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, … Continue reading Tories must “wake up to reality” and do the right thing on Free School Meals

PM’s failure to listen to scientists has made family Christmas less likely

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister's "ambition" is for people to celebrate Christmas with their families, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said: “The Prime Minister failed to listen to the scientists over the past few months and, as a result, family Christmas has become less likely not more likely. “Liberal Democrats backed the experts in their call … Continue reading PM’s failure to listen to scientists has made family Christmas less likely

Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Chancellor of "making up plans on the hoof" when it comes to financial support for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19 following the Chancellor's statement in the House of Commons yesterday.  Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: Yet again the Chancellor is taken by surprise by events unfolding exactly as … Continue reading Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions