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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

Govt must stop playing politics with lives and livelihoods

Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement that Manchester will face tier 3 restrictions from Friday, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:"The utter mess the Government has created today came as a result of a shameful plan to wipe millions of pounds of support away as a punishment. This Government is hurting some of the most … Continue reading Govt must stop playing politics with lives and livelihoods

Govt suffers first defeat in the Lords over Internal Market Bill

Responding to the vote on Lord Judge's motion to amend the Internal Market Bill in the House of Lords, with the Government being defeated by 395 votes to 169 votes, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords Dick Newby said:"For a long time now we have known that Boris Johnson and his … Continue reading Govt suffers first defeat in the Lords over Internal Market Bill

Lib Dems secure Govt commitment to publish test and trace agreement with police

Today, Liberal Democrat Peer Paul Scriven has secured a commitment from Health Minister Lord Bethell to publish the agreement between the Government and police chiefs over the decision to share test and trace data. This follows the Health Secretary's refusal to make the Memorandum of Understanding public when Liberal Democrat Health and Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson … Continue reading Lib Dems secure Govt commitment to publish test and trace agreement with police

Govt inaction is failing survivors of sexual violence

Responding to the Victims Commissioner’s report on rape survivors and the criminal justice system, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “Survivors deserve justice. They must be properly supported to come forward and be listened to when they do. “However, as this report shows, far too many survivors are put off reporting the crime for fear of … Continue reading Govt inaction is failing survivors of sexual violence