Cambridge’s voice once again went unheard last night as the City’s Lib Dem MP failed to vote on a Labour proposal in the House of Commons to axe the Coalition Government’s deeply unpopular Bedroom Tax. Speaking at a rally at Arbury Community Centre last Friday, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner warned campaigners that the city MP had failed to support Labour attempts in the past to soften the blow on at least 600 Cambridge households.
The audience also heard that significant numbers of tenants have been unable to pay the new charge, with many falling into arrears. Mr Zeichner says that taken together with the tax cut for the super-rich, it is clear where the Cambridge Liberal Democrats now stand:
“Julian Huppert’s failure to back Labour on this mean and vicious measure puts him firmly in the Conservative camp on the key economic issues which face us. In the face of mounting evidence that the bedroom tax will cost the taxpayer more money than it saves and that it does nothing to address the housing crisis, it is very telling that he failed to back Labour’s proposal last night.”