Furlough must remain place until June 2021

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 to be extended to stop people … Continue reading Furlough must remain place until June 2021

PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister has said it's time to 'get ready' for no deal, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Christine Jardine said:"Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit has been disastrous and these reckless comments are just further evidence of the Prime Minister's incompetence. It has been more than four years since the referendum and yet … Continue reading PM’s no deal comments further reveal his incompetence

Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend furlough as figures last week revealed that growth in August was even slower than June and July. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“These figures make it clear that despite the massive effort people have made to fight this virus and its economic implications, the … Continue reading Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension

PM mistaken in thinking he can break the law without consequence 

Responding to reports that the European Commission has launched legal action against the UK, following the UK Government's refusal to remove sections from the Internal Market Bill, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: "Contrary to the belief of senior Government figures and their families, breaking the law has consequences. It beggars belief that Boris … Continue reading PM mistaken in thinking he can break the law without consequence 

Time to campaign for Universal Basic Income has come

To bring an end to the financial insecurity faced by the most vulnerable, the Liberal Democrats have agreed plans to campaign for a Universal Basic Income.Ahead of a debate at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the Party’s new Economy spokesperson Christine Jardine called on the Party to “fulfill Beveridge’s legacy” by tackling the injustice of … Continue reading Time to campaign for Universal Basic Income has come

COVID-19 needs “unprecedented economic response” to ensure no-one is left behind

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

Staggering job losses show need to extend furlough

Responding to ONS figures showing that the economy shed 695,000 jobs between March and August this year, Liberal Democrat Economy Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“These staggering job losses are yet more evidence of why the Chancellor should be extending the furlough scheme, which has so far protected 10 million jobs, until the middle of next year. “People … Continue reading Staggering job losses show need to extend furlough