Author Archives: Ian Swales MP

Ian Swales MP writes…The crucial role of education in a manufacturing revival

The Lib Dem Spring Conference will debate the motion: Creating a strong manufacturing sector in a stronger economy. Part 3 of the motion calls for: ‘Government to continue its commitment to apprenticeships, and, additionally, to promote science education in schools and science and engineering degrees at universities – these are essential for building the skills sets necessary to support a strong manufacturing sector.’

Science and engineering education is an issue close to my heart as I actually graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Manchester University.  My science based degree opened up many doors to me, leading to a career …

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Ian Swales MP writes… Making the industrial strategy work on Teesside

The chemical industry is vital to the UK.  It is already the biggest export business in the UK at £43 bn. However imports have risen after various shut downs, and the amount we are importing is, in my view, unnecessarily high.  There are major opportunities for new investment to bring production of key materials back into the UK and bring jobs, growth and expertise with it.

My constituency of Redcar is part of an area which has traditionally been a hub of the UK chemical industry. Chemicals are key

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Ian Swales MP writes: 12 CUTS Labour don’t talk about

The Labour party think they can win the economic argument by just wailing about cuts on behalf of their public sector union paymasters. They give no credible alternatives for what they would do about Britain’s economic crisis.

What they also like to ignore is some of the changes that are being made towards making this country fairer. Here is a list of cuts WE should be talking about because they are mostly happening through Lib Dem action and pressure.

  • The CUT from £250,000 to £50,000 in the maximum annual pension contribution to receive tax relief – clawing back a staggering £4,000,000,000 (£4bn) that Labour was giving to the rich.
  • The

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Ian Swales MP’s maiden speech

This is the last of four maiden speeches presented here this weekend for the interest and comments of our readers.

Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my first speech to the House. I congratulate all those who have also made their first speeches today. I am very struck, and a bit awestruck, by the erudition that they have all displayed. As the Member for Redcar, I am proud to be the first Liberal to represent the area since 1923 and also very pleased to hear this afternoon’s debate about potential voting system changes, which might do …

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  • User AvatarAndrewR 30th Sep - 12:44pm
    You've already voted for the benefit cap and for cuts to all working age benefits. There are presentational difficulties in condemning policies you've voted for.
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    "Economic policy written by Prateek Buch? The person who thinks inflation doesn’t really matter?" I'm sorry, what? Who is this namesake of mine...?! Congratulations Nigel...
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    @RC "According to Yougov, one of the reasons we are languishing with 7% of the vote is that 16% of our 2010 voters have gone...
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    I suspect that there are many views on how the Party should develop after it is free of the Coalition. However, given Cameron's apparent determination...
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    The problem is that the Conservatives are stealing 2010 Lib Dem votes precisely on the back of the economic recovery. According to Yougov, one of...
  • User AvatarTony Rowan-Wicks 30th Sep - 12:07pm
    As a left-leaning LD, I welcome articles like this. I'm not clever enough to sort out the economy - as none of us on LDV...