2 May 2024 – today’s press releases

  • OECD report: This Conservative government is economically illiterate
  • Polls close: Voters want an end to this appalling Conservative government
  • Cole-Hamilton responds to SNP leadership news
  • “End this nonsense and give the money back”- Welsh Lib Dems urge First Minister to return dodgy donations

OECD report: This Conservative government is economically illiterate

Responding to the OECD report which says that the UK will have the slowest growth of the largest developed nations next year, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson, Sarah Olney MP said:

This Conservative government is economically illiterate. Their no-growth policies have left the public enduring sky-high mortgage rates, the price of a weekly shop going through the roof, and stealth taxes hammering both pensioners and working people.

The only way through this quagmire of economic stagnation that the Conservative party has led us into is a general election. This Conservative government is out of touch, out of ideas and should be kicked out of office.

Polls close: Voters want an end to this appalling Conservative government

Responding to polls closing for this year’s local elections, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

The message across the country today was loud and clear. Voters want an end to this appalling Conservative government.

People are sick of the Conservative party’s endless infighting, unaffordable mortgages, an NHS in freefall and filthy sewage being pumped into their rivers and seas.

They want change and they want to see the end of Rishi Sunak’s Conservative party in office. That is why, up and down the country, so many lifelong Conservative voters backed the Liberal Democrats today, because they know Liberal Democrat councillors will never take them for granted and fight for the issues they care about.

Cole-Hamilton responds to SNP leadership news

Responding to the news that Kate Forbes will not stand in the SNP leadership race, paving the way for John Swinney to be the next SNP leader and First Minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

If he is the presumptive leader of his party, then I congratulate him. But this is a candidate with more baggage than an airport carousel.

For more than two decades, John Swinney has been complicit in every moment of the SNP’s division, neglect and failure.

He was Salmond’s right-hand man, he was Sturgeon’s right-hand man. He was in charge of the pandemic exams chaos and deleted his WhatsApps, denying the Covid bereaved the answers they deserve.

Scotland has been divided for so long- that’s why Liberal Democrats want to bring people back together. It’s why we want to put Scotland at the heart of Britain and fix our broken relationship with Europe.

We want to help everyone who can’t get a GP appointment or see an NHS dentist, support our schools, deliver for business and get islanders the ferries they have been denied.

“End this nonsense and give the money back”- Welsh Lib Dems urge First Minister to return dodgy donations

This week in the Senedd, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have urged the First Minister to return the £200,000 donation he received from a company linked to environmental crimes.

Speaking to the Senedd on Wednesday, party leader Jane Dodds MS urged FM Vaughan Gething to return money donated to his campaign by Dauson Environmental, a refuse and recycling business owned by David John Neal.

Mr Neal received a 3-month suspended prison sentence in 2013 for illegally dumping waste at a conservation site on the Gwent levels.

His companies Atlantic Recycling and Neal Soil Suppliers were also prosecuted and given fines and costs of £202,000.

Then in 2017, Mr Neal was given another suspended sentence of 18 weeks, with fines and costs of £230,000 after failing to remove the waste.

The Welsh Lib Dems have called on the FM to return the donation, as part of wider calls for a shift away from the influence of “big money” in Welsh politics.

Commenting, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds MS said:

This entire episode has casted a dark shadow upon Welsh democracy and has rightfully led to many questioning the integrity of Vaughan Gething’s leadership campaign and the way our democracy works here in Wales.

Unfortunately for many of us this is hardly surprising, as our political system has been broken for quite some time now.

A system that empowers the elite donor class whilst simultaneously shutting out the voice of the voter is a perversion of democracy itself.

This is why our wider goal must be to remove the influence of ‘big money’ from Welsh politics once and for all.

We cannot have another government that prioritises the interests of its financial benefactors over those of the Welsh people.

We need to take a firm stance in rooting out the influence of cash in Welsh politics, for the sake of our communities we must start prioritising their interests and needs instead of having more self-serving politicians.

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  • Peter Martin 2nd May '24 - 11:46pm

    Sarah Olney: “This Conservative government is economically illiterate……..”

    True. They are.

    However so is the Labour Opposition. Rachel Reeves and her “fiscal rules” is proof enough of that.

    So just how are the Lib Dems any different?

  • Steve Trevethan 3rd May '24 - 8:30am

    Well posted Mr Martin!

    What are our party’s sociology-economic policies, their purposes and foundations?

    Might we have any reasoned, voter attracting slogans to support them?

  • Steve Trevethan 3rd May '24 - 10:55am

    To what extent does our party accepts the current imposed fashion of Neoliberal socio-economics seems to be a valid question as the Conservative and Labour/LINO*parties both seem to embrace it, despite its woeful practical consequences such as 25%+ of our children permanently hungry/starving and avoidable damage to G. P. services. [Please see below]

    It is suggested that until we adopt a more rational and wholesome approach to socio-economics, we will fail our fellow citizens and their children and our party.

    Might we have some initiatives of attitude and thinking in this essential area?

    *LINO ~ Labour In Name Only


  • Peter Martin 3rd May '24 - 12:30pm

    @ Steve,

    I think we might be making some progress. I did a quick Google of past instances of economic illiteracy on LDV and most of the ones I could find were quite old:

    For example this was from a Lib Dem MP from 2011:

    “Britain is still borrowing an extra £425 million every day. Just the interest on that debt is now almost £1,000 million a week. That is money from ordinary taxpayers, not spent on public services, but poured away. We are still living way beyond our means with the national debt continuing to rise. ”

    This was the economic thinking of the time and which was responsible for the misguided cuts implemented by the Coalition govt. The National Debt was rising because the private sector was saving more and borrowing less after the shock created by the 2008 GFC.

    Thankfully, we don’t see this level of misunderstanding any longer, but maybe there is still some work to be done.

  • Jenny Barnes 3rd May '24 - 3:11pm

    I can remember seeing George Osborne speaking on television before the 2010 election and thinking “This person has no clue about economics. No doubt he’ll be the chancellor if the Tories get in” Sadly, I was right.

  • Peter Hirst 12th May '24 - 3:54pm

    It’s a strange democracy when it’s so obvious that the electorate want an election now and yet there’s no mechanism for that to happen apart from the Party in government calling one. There should be such a mechanism perhaps by a petition.

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