Author Archives: George Lyon MEP

George Lyon MEP writes…Brave mountain rescue teams should not have to pay VAT on essential, lifesaving kit

We were navigating in near zero visibility in a white-out.

As I was navigating I put my foot out and onto nothing, and fell down about 800ft of sheer cliff.

You figure you have had it.

These are the words of 25 year old Scot Ollie Daniel, who plunged through snow while walking in the Cairngorms in January this year.

In Scotland we are lucky to have some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the world. Walkers and climbers are a common sight in the Highlands and Islands all year round. But we know that these activities are not without risk.

Ollie was rescued …

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George Lyon MEP writes… not a single Liberal Democrat voted for extra spending from Brussels

Earlier this year, Nick Clegg said that when we are having to tighten our belts at home it would be wrong for the EU to press ahead with big spending increases. He was right then and he is right now. This is why Liberal Democrats in Brussels backed moves to cut the EU budget by 8bn Euros.

Despite this fact, this week our friends at the Daily Mail reported that Lib Dem MEPs voted for an increase in the EU budget. The truth is that not a single Liberal Democrat voted for more spending from Brussels.

Liberal Democrats are committed to …

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George Lyon MEP writes: Lib Dem MEPs will resist secret EU vote

Last week the European Council agreed a new European budget that will, for the first time, see a cut in the amount of money that the EU spends.

Liberal Democrats at Westminster and in the European Parliament have made clear that the EU needs to live within its means. We are in favour of a sensible and realistic deal that reflects the tough economic times that ordinary people are facing. Some MEPs see things differently and oppose the idea of a degree of fiscal restraint in Europe.

People who oppose the cuts in the EU budget that have been put forward are …

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George Lyon MEP writes: Scots need guarantees on EU membership before independence referendum

As a Vice President of the European Budget Committee I am busy debating how the EU budget, or what those who stalk the corridors of Brussels call the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), will be distributed in coming years.

As an MEP for Scotland, I am also focussed on getting the best possible deal for my constituents.

With all the constraints that the current economic climate have placed on the budgets of Member States that task is hard enough.

But Scots must also consider that the next MFF, that runs from 2014-2020, will be decided in the shadow of the independence referendum. The consequences …

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George Lyon: Our high hopes for the Scottish Parliament elections

George Lyon MEP is Chair of the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ Election Group. He was elected in 2009 and details of his campaigns on subjects such as fair deal for rural drivers,  disabilities, food labelling and can be found on his website www.georgelyon.org.uk. Here he writes about the Party’s prospects and priorities in next year’s election.

What a year it has been for Liberal Democrats.

This time last year, I don’t think anyone in their heart of hearts believed that Liberals would form part of the government for the first time since 1945.

But this time last year we did have the right …

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  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 31st Oct - 2:08pm
    RC Those who want to tax London even more than it is taxed at present need to answer why those with modest standards of living...
  • User AvatarT-J 31st Oct - 2:08pm
    Both are correct. It is inhuman and discreditable that people who could be saved are being left to drown for the convenience of the well-off...
  • User Avatarbenj 31st Oct - 2:00pm
    The rental value of land in London and the SE is about £100bn per year more than these regions pay in taxes. This subsidy goes...
  • User AvatarGareth Epps 31st Oct - 2:00pm
    Well said Chris. It is incoherent to propose the slashing of the local government budget including social care at the same time as its integration...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 31st Oct - 1:59pm
    Dav But this is not the case in London: there is a finite amount of land within the M25, and it is pretty much all...
  • User AvatarDav 31st Oct - 1:55pm
    A house that I was lucky enough to be able to buy 22 years ago for around £100,000 will now sell for six times that...