10 March 2023 – today’s press releases

  • ONS: Economy still suffering consequences of Conservatives
  • BP boss pay doubles: Sunak must bring in bonus tax now
  • Lineker: Today is a reminder that we need a properly independent BBC
  • Lee Waters must apologise to Welsh nurses

ONS: Economy still suffering consequences of Conservatives

Responding to the latest ONS GDP figures from January 2023, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

These disappointing figures are yet another reminder that our economy is suffering under this Conservative Government, and people are feeling this under-performance in their own pockets.

The Conservative party has broken this country’s economy with record energy bills, rising food prices and soaring mortgage costs. Yet they are completely out of touch with people’s worries.

The Chancellor needs to take action in next week’s Budget by cutting people’s energy bills by £500, and putting in place a proper plan to get our economy growing fairly and sustainably.

BP boss pay doubles: Sunak must bring in bonus tax now

The Liberal Democrats have demanded that the government bring in a tax on the bonuses of oil and gas company bosses, following the news that the chief executive of BP’s pay doubled to £10m.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a “bonanza bonus” tax on oil and gas bosses making millions from sky-high energy bills, similar to the bankers’ bonus tax in 2009-10.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

It is obscene that Rishi Sunak is happy for energy bosses to rake in millions of pounds in bonuses, while refusing to help families struggling to heat their homes.

This Conservative government is just totally out of touch. It’s time that the eye-watering profits made from Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine were properly taxed and used to help reduce people’s bills.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a one off levy on the bonuses awarded to oil and gas company executives. This would be modelled on the Bank Payroll Tax introduced in 2009-10, which taxed bonuses over £25,000 at 50%.

Lineker: Today is a reminder that we need a properly independent BBC

Commenting on the news Gary Lineker has been told to step back from presenting Match of the Day, Liberal Democrat DCMS spokesperson Jamie Stone MP said:

Today is a reminder that we need a properly independent BBC that upholds our best British values, is strong enough to stand up to political pressure and defend freedom of speech.

The Conservatives have consistently tried to attack and undermine that; Liberal Democrats will always resist their attacks which are not in the best interests of the country.

Lee Waters must apologise to Welsh nurses

Responding to a recording obtained by the Llanelli Herald, where Deputy Minister Lee Waters describes RCN members as militant, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS said:

Nurses have been through a horrific time in the pandemic and are now struggling to make ends meet during a cost-of-living crisis and unprecedented demands on the NHS.

Many have been forced to resort to using food banks.

Calling them “militant” for merely wanting a pay increase in line with inflation is not acceptable from a Welsh Government Minister and nurses across Wales deserve an apology.

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One Comment

  • Peter Hirst 13th Mar '23 - 4:26pm

    What is necessary is a clearer distinction between the BBC’s views and that of the people who work there. Freedom of speech argues for all to be able to articulate their views while showing clearly that that is their personal ones. In this way the BBC can remain impartial. Each tweet must show this distinction and its owner be accountable if which it is is not obvious.

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