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Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael has successfully called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons today, Tuesday 10th October, over whether the government is abusing parliamentary process.
This follows opposition day motions on public sector pay and tuition fees, which were both motions passed without division and were then ignored by the government.
Alistair Carmichael, MP.
Thousands of pubs hit with crippling hikes to their business rates still haven’t received any funding from the government’s flagship relief scheme, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Commenting on news that new car sales have fallen for a sixth month in September, with the industry on course for their first annual decline since 2011, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:
“This is a worrying indicator from the car industry. Uncertainty over the Brexit process and outcome is leading to a deepening erosion of confidence, which is harming our economic prospects.
“The Government must give some much needed certainty to business and industry, most crucially by committing to continuing our membership of the single market and customs union beyond any transition period.”
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed signs from Labour that they want to join in demanding a referendum on the facts at the end of the negotiations.
The Liberal Democrats have criticised the watering down of fire safety regulations under privatised control, and are fighting for the enforcement of better, more strict standards. MP Wera Hobhouse has called out the "systematic failures" which resulted in the tragedy, and she has been echoed across the party.
Rises in NHS spending on private ambulances has risen to over £78 million, creating a "stain on the government's record", says former Health Minister Norman Lamb. Not only is this costly, but it has raised serious concerns regarding patient safety.
The Liberal Democrats have demanded a pause in the disaster that is Universal Credit until the system can be reformed, as its policies and waiting times cause serious difficulties across the country. They have called on the Labour Party to work with them in achieving this aim, which builds on existing party commitments to reverse the damaging Conservative cuts that have undermined Universal Credit’s original aim of boosting incentives to work.
The Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, Wera Hobhouse, has called out recent attacks by the Conservative government on the democratic system in a speech. The EU withdrawal bill and other legislation is threatening the role of parliament and betraying voters.
Former Health Minister Norman Lamb calls for Boris Johnson to leave the government over his misleading use of the £350m NHS myth. The statistic is a "cynical ploy" and has ruined Johnson's credibility.
Oliver Robbins, head of the Brexit department, has quit to take up a new role,in a development typical of the chaos and division at the heart of this Government.