This was a budget that tells you all you need to know about the priorities of the coalition. They push on with a huge giveaway for those who have most, and do absolutely nothing for those at the bottom. The big Liberal Democrat idea - the £10k tax threshold, helps the wealthy far more than poorer people. According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, low-paid workers get just £17 a year, while higher earners get hundreds of pounds.
Protestors in Cambridge against the Coalition Government’s Bedroom tax will be addressed by Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner at an event in the city tomorrow. Mr Zeichner will attack the measure as “mean and vindictive”. He will point out that the key moment came early last year, when Labour tabled an amendment in the House of Lords saying that people should only be liable to the under-occupancy charge if there was suitable local alternative accommodation available.
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert is seeking credit for voting against his Government’s Secret Courts Bill – yet back in May last year (see Cambridge News below) he was claiming that “all of the Liberal Democrat conditions have been agreed. I am delighted with this outcome, it is a victory for the Lib Dems” .
The announcement today by Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey that the Energy Bill will not contain a target to decarbonise the electricity industry by 2030 will sap investement confidence and damage Cambridge businesses, says Cambridge Labour’s Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner.
Cambridge Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert remains unrepentant about the Lib Dem broken promises. Challenged on Radio Cambridgeshire by Daniel Zeichner, he declined to apologise for his pre-election promise of rail fare rises of 1% below inflation. As Mr Zeichner explained, rail fares went up 6% in January and are set to rise by another 6% next January.
The picture of Nick Clegg and Julian Huppert holding a placard saying ‘I pledge to vote against any increase in fees’ has become one of the defining images of the 2010 General Election campaign. This week, Nick Clegg has said he is sorry. This morning David Laws told the Today programme that the whole party had to take ownership of the move: “Every Liberal Democrat MP has a collective responsibility, this was a decision not just by Nick Clegg and Vince Cable but by all of us in the Liberal Democrat party.”
So is Julian Huppert sorry for misleading electors in Cambridge?
The call for action on the A14 from Lib Dem Julian Huppert is an astonishing piece of hypocrisy, given the endless opposition from Cambridge Lib Dems over the years. He has the gall to tell the Cambridge News "we cannot waste any more time in finding a solution." (Cambridge News June 13 2012).
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert last night failed to back Labour’s last ditch attempt to stop the Health and Social Care Bill – the final stage in an extraordinary series of different positions he has taken on the Bill. Labour argued that final agreement on the Bill should be delayed until information on the risk register had been made available, as the Government has been ordered to do. Mr Huppert had previously supported a motion demanding that the information be made available.