4 April 2022 – today’s press releases

  • Conservative MPs must rediscover their moral compass and get rid of the PM
  • Conversion Therapy: Chaotic u-turns shredding UK’s reputation
  • Channel 4 privatisation is “trashing a uniquely British legacy”

Conservative MPs must rediscover their moral compass and get rid of the PM

Responding to government minister Simon Hart’s comments this morning that “the world has moved on” from partygate, Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine MP said:

These comments are an insult to every family that suffered in lockdown while Downing Street partied.

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have got something else coming if they think the public has moved on from this shameful scandal.

Boris Johnson broke the rules he asked us all to obey then repeatedly lied about it. Conservative MPs must rediscover their moral compass and get rid of him.

Conversion Therapy: Chaotic u-turns shredding UK’s reputation

Responding to reports that over 80 LGBT and HIV organisations have pulled out of the government’s planned international LGBT conference due to their u-turn on banning trans conversion therapy, Liberal Democrat Equalities Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said:

The UK should be leading the world on LGBT+ equality, but Number 10’s chaotic U-turns are shredding our country’s reputation.

The global LGBT+ conference in London this summer should be a huge opportunity to tackle discrimination and inequality around the world. It is far too important for the Government to squander like this.

By breaking their promise to ban conversion therapy completely, the Conservatives are letting down the whole LGBT+ community. They need to ban conversion therapy in full – as they pledged to.

Channel 4 privatisation is “trashing a uniquely British legacy”

Responding to the news that the government is pressing ahead with plans to privatise Channel 4, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Spokesperson Jamie Stone said:

Yet again, the Conservatives have shown they care more about lining the pockets of the super rich than supporting a great public institution.

Even Margaret Thatcher understood the huge power of Channel 4 as a force for creativity and innovation that belonged to all of us without costing taxpayers a penny.

Occasionally, we as a country manage to magic up a world-renowned gem into being and Channel 4 is a perfect example. And yet this Government seems hellbent on trashing this uniquely British legacy and undermining jobs and investment in the creative sector.

The Liberal Democrats will oppose these dangerous plans in Parliament and stand up for the quality and independence of British broadcasting.

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2 Comments

  • Nigel Jones 5th Apr '22 - 11:07am

    Are we playing the game the way government wants by focussing only on partygate ? They said in January that it was petty to get rid of the PM just on the basis of whether he attended a party; although we rightly disagree with that, they were turning the issue over the PM simply into partygate and people are talking about that in the way the government wants. Just as serious was his attempt to change the rules to rescue his rich friend Owen Paterson. Also his inaction over Priti Patel and bullying, while Bercow is punished.
    The point to be argued is not partygate itself but what that says about the PM’s self centred authoritarian attitude to support his own friends rather than high standards of behaviour and do what is in the common good, as evidenced by so many other matters in his behaviour and decision making.

  • George Thomas 5th Apr '22 - 4:18pm

    It’s a developing story only but I look forward to LD’s coming out strongly against processing asylum seekers in Rwanda. How can this government, who are desperate to appear green and good with the economy, justify creating numerous flights to Rwanda and then some flights back to the UK again?

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