8 January 2024 – today’s press releases

  • Sunak Connect speech: “An arsonist offering to put out the fire”
  • Welsh Lib Dems demand action in South Wales fire service scandal

Sunak Connect speech: “An arsonist offering to put out the fire”

Responding to Rishi Sunak’s Connect speech in Lancashire this morning, where the Prime Minister urged voters to continue voting for his party, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said:

Rishi Sunak is like an arsonist offering to put out a fire. This mess is the fault of Conservative Prime Ministers crashing the economy, hiking taxes and letting the NHS crumble.

He is living on another planet. Just how out of touch is he? It’s clear now Rishi Sunak thinks everything is fine and nothing should change.

This chaotic Conservative government has had long enough to get their act together. Enough is enough.

Welsh Lib Dems demand action in South Wales fire service scandal

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have demanded that urgent action must be taken to restore trust in the South Wales fire service following a recent sexual harassment scandal.

Allegations of sexism and abusive behaviour prompted an independent investigation into the working culture of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, which found “serious deficiencies in the service”.

As a result of this review, the chief fire officer Huw Jakeway has apologised and will be stepping down.

The Welsh Lib Dems are now calling for immediate action to weed out any further instances of sexism within the fire service to restore trust.

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

I was utterly appalled when reading the findings from the independent investigation into the South Wales fire service.

It goes without saying that female staff should not have to experience sexual harassment or abusive behaviour in any working environment, let alone in the fire service.

I urge the South Wales Fire and Rescue service to take urgent action against those guilty of creating and abetting a toxic and sexist work culture.

Our firefighters work tirelessly to keep us all safe, the very least they deserve is the opportunity to work in a clean and healthy environment free of the odious and disgraceful behaviour that has been uncovered.

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