18 January 2023 – today’s press releases

  • Inflation pushing families to the brink and economy to breaking point
  • Hunt video: Mr Bean-esque from the same clueless party that crashed the economy
  • Retained EU Law Bill a “shameless power-grab”

Inflation pushing families to the brink and economy to breaking point

Responding to the news that inflation remains in double digits at 10.5%, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

For months and months Inflation has soared pushing families to the brink, bills out of control and the economy to breaking point.

People across the country work hard and just want a fair deal but under this Conservative Government, double-digit inflation is just business as usual.

Struggling families and pensioners deserve more support but the Government’s track record on the cost of living crisis has been nothing short of a failure, hurting millions.

Hunt video: Mr Bean-esque from the same clueless party that crashed the economy

Commenting on Jeremy Hunt’s Treasury ‘explainer’ video on inflation, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

The last thing families need right now is a Mr Bean-esque video from the same clueless party that crashed the economy and sent mortgage bills spiralling.

What’s even more shocking is that Jeremy Hunt airbrushed one of the main causes of economic pain – Liz Truss’ disastrous mini-budget that resulted in the biggest tax hike for a generation. How is that supposed to help Britain with inflation?

Retained EU Law Bill a “shameless power-grab”

Ahead of tonight’s House of Commons vote on the EU Retained Law Bill, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Sarah Olney MP, who has sponsored the cross-party amendment to publish an exhaustive list of every British law that will be revoked if this bill passes, said:

This bill is a shameless power-grab by a Conservative Government that’s running roughshod over Parliament. Drastically changing Britain’s laws and protections at breakneck speed without proper scrutiny poses huge risks for people and businesses all across the UK.

From removing crucial protections for workers’ rights, to inviting an increase in sewage dumps from water companies as environmental laws are flushed down the drain, this Bill is an unmitigated disaster for our environment, our economy and our democracy.

Even if the Bill passes through the Commons, the Liberal Democrats will continue to fight it in the House of Lords. We will not allow the rights of British workers, the interest of British businesses and the UK’s environmental laws to be extinguished in an undemocratic power grab.

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2 Comments

  • Ms Olney is correct that the Retained EU Law Bill a “shameless power-grab”. She does not however go far enough.

    While we were an EU member, Brexiter politicians droned endlessly about Parliament being sovereign. Since coming to power, they have first tried to illegally prorogue Parliament and now are having thousands of laws being rewritten or repealed by Ministerial dictat with no parliamentary scrutiny whatsoever.

    Their actions are the completely contrary to their former doctrine of Parliament being sovereign and the hypocrisy of their actions should be highlighted and pointed out in Parliament, media interviews etc

  • Peter Martin 22nd Jan '23 - 6:23pm

    @ Paul R

    “While we were an EU member, Brexiter politicians droned endlessly about Parliament being sovereign. ”

    Ultimately it is. However, there are generally considered to be three arms of Government. The Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

    You are complaining about the power which can be exercised by the Executive. This is considerable. Parliament, rightly or wrongly, doesn’t require, and never has required, it to submit every single decision for its approval. I believe the Prime Minister, as head of the Executive, can even declare war without any Parliamentary involvement.

    Maybe it is time to have a constitutional review but this is how it has been for the last few centuries and is nothing really to do with Brexit.

    If you want a different Executive its quite straightforward according to our system. But, first we have to elect a different Parliament.

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