6 March 2024 – today’s press releases (part 2)

  • Budget: Rishi’s recession followed by Hunt’s hangover
  • Scot Lib Dems respond to a spring budget that lets down NHS and mortgage holders
  • “Bottler’s Budget”: Hunt and Sunak slammed for running scared of May General Election
  • Dock Donelan’s pay to foot £15,000 legal cost
  • Rwanda Bill Votes: Policy is fatally flawed

Budget: Rishi’s recession followed by Hunt’s hangover

Responding to the Spring Budget, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP said:

This is a bottom-of-the-barrel Budget from a Conservative government that has given up on governing. Rishi’s recession is being followed by Hunt’s hangover, with years of unfair tax hikes while local health services are stretched to breaking point.

This Budget had nothing to offer for people seeing their mortgage soar due to Conservative chaos or being left waiting for months in pain for NHS treatment.

The public will see this for what is: a desperate last throw of the dice by a Conservative government that has neglected the NHS, trashed the economy and overseen a record fall in living standards. It couldn’t be clearer that we need a general election now so voters can finally kick this tired and out-of-touch government out of office.

Scot Lib Dems respond to a spring budget that lets down NHS and mortgage holders

Responding to the Spring Budget, Liberal Democrat Scottish Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

This really is a budget with little to offer families struggling with Rishi’s recession. It felt like a few scraps from a government which knows it’s out of time.

The national insurance cut is meaningless because of stealth taxes elsewhere.

Scottish Liberal Democrats are on the side of hardworking Scots who want to see their bills and NHS waits cut. Where was the help for people with soaring mortgages or spending months in pain waiting for NHS treatment?

The sooner voters get the chance to deliver their verdict the better.

On the windfall tax she added:

This is a budget which will not make anyone happy, least of all the Scottish Conservatives who are clearly completely out of the loop. On the same day they lead a Scottish Parliament debate on oil and gas, the Chancellor stood up to announce that he was extending the same windfall tax they were arguing against.

That leaves the SNP as now the last party standing on the side of the super profits of the oil and gas giants.

“Bottler’s Budget”: Hunt and Sunak slammed for running scared of May General Election

The Liberal Democrats have branded today’s statement as a “Bottler’s Budget,” after Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt seem to have ducked a May general election in a desperate attempt to cling on to power.

Conservative minister Greg Hands yesterday appeared to rule out a general election in May, while the Chancellor’s Budget today failed to include any surprise announcements or bold measures.

Instead, the Conservative government confirmed years of stealth tax hikes that will more than wipe out the meagre cuts to National Insurance announced today. The average worker will be left £383 worse over two years as a result of income tax rises, even once the National Insurance tax hikes are taken into account.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

This will go down as the bottler’s budget. After all the hype, Jeremy Hunt failed to deliver and instead is running scared of losing his own seat.

The Conservative Party is desperate to cling to power and people right across the country are paying the price.

From unfair tax hikes to an NHS on its knees, it’s clear we urgently need a General Election now so voters can kick this out-of–touch government out of office.

Dock Donelan’s pay to foot £15,000 legal cost

The Liberal Democrats have called on Science Minister Michelle Donelan’s pay to be docked after it has been revealed £15,000 of taxpayers’ money was used to pay legal costs and damages relating to academic Prof Kate Sang’s libel action against her.

The £15,000 could have funded 5,928 free school meals or 357 GP appointments for people who are seeing their public services crumble.

DSIT have now confirmed they paid £15,000 in damages but have still not revealed the full legal costs.

Commenting Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said:

This is nothing short of a scandal and we still don’t know the full legal costs.

If Michelle Donelan had a shred of integrity left, she would pay for this bill out of her own pocket instead of asking taxpayers to pick up the tab. If she refuses to do so, Rishi Sunak should dock her pay.

This news will come as a kick in the teeth to people who are seeing their finances clobbered by the cost of living crisis while local health services are on their knees.

This is yet another scandal that proves it’s time to kick this sleaze-ridden Conservative Government out of office for good.

Rwanda Bill Votes: Policy is fatally flawed

Responding to the votes on the Safety of Rwanda Bill in the House of Lords today, the Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords, Lord Newby said:

Time after time, this Bill has been proved to be deeply flawed, yet this Conservative Government continues to promote a policy that frankly is unworkable.

We are calling for Sunak and Cleverly to seriously consider the changes this House has called for. It is far too dangerous to ignore these amendments because lives are at stake.

The Government should now accept that the policy is fatally flawed and will do little to solve the sky high asylum backlog.

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