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  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael last week secured an emergency debate in the Commons over whether the government is abusing the parliamentary process by ignoring opposition day motions.

    Alistair Carmichael MP commented:

    "This is another outrageous attempt to subvert our democracy and undermine Parliament's ability to hold the government to account.

    "The Conservatives should remember that contempt for Parliament is contempt for the people that elect it.

    "To simply ignore today's debate would be an insult to the millions of voters deeply worried about the disastrous roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "It is a sign of just how weak and divided this government has become that it is reduced to using every trick in the book to avoid scrutiny and debate."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Vince Cable said:

    "One in six of the population could not cope with even a modest rise in mortgage payments. Consumer credit is running at 10% a year. With the Bank of England predicted to increase interest rates, a recession could lead to repossessions and people defaulting on their debts. The danger is that this becomes a negative spiral.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Lorely Burt said:

    "The whole system of business rates is not working and is not fair. The government has tried tinkering but this is no longer enough. We need to look at land tax valuations.

    "With an economic downturn as a result of Brexit and the threat of online competition, the outlook for retailers is not going to get better any time soon. In calling for a freeze on business rates, the British Retail Consortium is highlighting just what a crisis this has become. Unless ministers address this, they will have presided over the destruction of the high street as we know it."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    "I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hotest hotline in Britain.

    "To even think about charging our most vulnerable citizens before they received their benefit shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are over Universal Credit.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The comments from the Secretary of State regarding the current state of the talks process in Northern Ireland is deeply troubling. There are very real consequences for the people of Northern Ireland with the continuing stalemate - budgetary decisions are waiting to be taken, NHS targets are being missed and waiting lists are getting longer, and there is uncertainty for economic investment. Northern Ireland is also lacking a voice in the crucial Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Footage covertly filmed by BBC Panorama allegedly showed staff at Brook House, near Gatwick airport, "mocking, abusing and assaulting" detainees held there.

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to Amber Rudd calling on the Home Office to launch an independent inquiry, and said there may also be a wider problem extending to other immigration removal centres in the UK.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Nationally England, Wales and Northern Ireland have not hit one of their three key targets for 18 months.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "Growing demand has stretched the NHS beyond its limits.

    "Even our extraordinarily hard-working doctors and nurses can only do so much when the Conservatives are unwilling to address chronic funding shortages.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    The delays to this Bill make Southern Rail look punctual.

    "It's crystal clear there is no majority in Parliament or the country for the extreme form of Brexit this government is pursuing.

    "Amending this Bill gives us a chance to stop that extreme Brexit in its tracks and take back control from power-hungry ministers.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Between June to August 2016 and June to August 2017, in real terms regular pay for employees in Great Britain fell by 0.4%.

    Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, commented:

    "Wages have now been falling for over six months as a result of the Brexit squeeze.

    "We can't go on like this. This must be a wake-up call to the government to abandon its plans for an extreme Brexit that would damage living standards further.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Stephen Lloyd said:

    "This is a slow motion car crash. One and a half million people are in private rented accommodation and in receipt of housing benefit. Private landlords are not in a position, financially, to be as forgiving as councils and housing associations. With the delays in payment we have already seen, many vulnerable people will lose their homes. And many landlords will simply stop taking on Universal Credit tenants, so where are these hundreds of thousands of people supposed to live?

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