28 October 2018 – today’s press releases

Government infrastructure plans lack future proofing

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson has urged the Government to invest in “rail, low emission buses and electric charging points” as reports indicate the Government is set to announce new investment for roads in the Budget.

Jenny Randerson said:

While it is welcome news that the Government will finally set aside much needed investment for our roads, their infrastructure plan lacks any future proofing.

With climate change an ever greater threat, Liberal Democrats demand better. Ministers should be focusing on a model shift away from car use to public transport. That means investment in rail, low emission buses and electric charging points.

Chancellor should work with EU on taxing tech giants

Responding to reports that the Chancellor is considering a tax on tech giants, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:

Tech giants have got away without paying their fair share for too long. That is why I have urged the Chancellor on numerous occasions to introduce a new tax, and he has accepted the argument.

The Chancellor will know the EU has already indicated a new EU-wide agreement is doable. Instead of working in isolation, the Chancellor should be willing to work with our European allies and others around the world. Now is the time to deliver.

Chancellor cannot be allowed to ignore Brexit concerns

Responding to the Chancellor’s refusal on The Andrew Marr show to answer whether the Chequers plan would leave people worse or better off, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

Either the Chancellor doesn’t know the answer, which makes him incompetent, or he does and he is choosing to mislead the public. He cannot be allowed to ignore Brexit concerns.

The reality, as spelled out by the OBR, is that Brexit uncertainty is already weakening public finances by £15 billion annually. No matter the Brexit, any Brexit will be a disaster. The Budget has no hope of making a difference.

No-one voted to be poorer. That is why the people must have the final say on Brexit, including the option to remain in the EU.

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One Comment

  • Richard Underhill 29th Oct '18 - 9:37am

    Has there been a Cabinet reshuffle on budget day?
    At 09.03 a BBC announcer said that “the Chancellor, Philip Green, is to announce Government plans for tax and spending over the next financial year. As part of the 2019 budget the Chancellor could approve a development study for a great Thames Park in the Thames estuary.”

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