Responding to the Institute for Public Policy Research’s new report, ‘Beyond the Hostile Environment’, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: “As this report shows, the UK’s immigration system is broken and it is hurting us all. The appalling Windrush Scandal should have been the end of the Hostile Environment, but despite their … Continue reading New IPPR report shows Hostile Environment must go
Commenting on ONS statistics showing that, in August, the Government borrowed £35.9 billion – the highest amount for August since 1993 – and that national debt exceeded £2 trillion for the first time, Liberal Democrat Economy Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other that we’ve experienced – and that’s exactly why it … Continue reading COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind
This report gives the gist of the discussion that took place in the recent Facebook Q&A on Housing. Thank you to everyone who took part! At the sharp end, we had Lee Dillon, Councillor for Thatcham North and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council Group, and Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury constituency. Discussion kicked off … Continue reading Report on Housing Q&A – Judith Bunting and Lee Dillon
A number of people have been asking about my views on inequality, so I thought I would share this post again, written after I took part in a debate at Fitzwilliam College about the extreme levels of inequality we're seeing in the UK. It was partly my frustration with rising inequality after the financial crash … Continue reading Equality Matters
Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about TTIP and the NHS. I couldn't agree more that the NHS needs to be protected and Liberal Democrats have a strong record in this area. I have been delighted that Lib Dem ministers have successfully pushed for extra investment in the NHS. We have secured an additional £2bn funding … Continue reading EU promise to protect the NHS
Lobbying for the WBRRC, JB with (L-r): Lord Newby, Tim Farron MP and WBRRC's Andrew Sharp; JB accosting Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, last October. Fingers and toes were crossed earlier this week for news in the Budget for one of West Berks local charities. I am glad to report success for West Berkshire … Continue reading Budget today – Success for West Berkshire charity campaign
I've had a lot of correspondence about Tax Dodging and thought it might be helpful to share my response more widely. Letter to constituents: The vast majority of people and businesses in the UK pay their taxes on time and in full, but there are always some who try to get away without paying their … Continue reading Tax Dodging – actions taken in government
Extreme inequality in the UK kicked off in the eighties with the Big Bang and the Loadsamoney mentality. I don't want to penalise those who do well, but I never got with the Greed is Good programme ...
Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016. They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP … Continue reading Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?