Last week, Liberal Democrat party leader Tim Farron said “stuff convention” as he led the fight against Tory tax credit cuts, an assault which would see thousands of working parents in Somerset – many in part-time and seasonal work - lose over £1,000 per year.
On Monday night the Lib Dem Lords forced a vote on a ‘fatal motion’ in the House of Lords which would, had Labour Lords supported it, have stopped the changes dead in their tracks and send the proposals back to the drawing board.
David Cameron and George Osborne both attacked our move, citing the ‘Salisbury Convention’, a tradition which means the House of Lords doesn’t block financial measures.
Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron, said he supported the Party’s Lords breaking Parliament’s self-imposed rules, explaining David Cameron had lied to voters when he explicitly ruled out cuts to tax credits in the run up to the General Election, saying “child tax credits we have increased … and they’re not going to fall”.
Wells’ Liberal Democrat spokesperson Tessa Munt said:
“I’m delighted our new Leader, Tim Farron, is using every tool available to him to fight the Tories’ cuts to tax credits. Changes which slash the income of people who are trying really hard to support their families through work are wrong and it’s essential that these changes are reviewed. If this is what has to be done to wake the Tories up, then good – I’m all for it.”
“David Cameron specifically ruled these changes out during the election campaign. He’s lied to the country and when it’s a simple choice between an obscure 70 year old ‘convention’ and standing up for working families, we know what’s more important.”
“We may not have so many MPs in Parliament this time, but we are just as determined as ever to stand up for ordinary people. If this involves breaking with tradition more often, so much the better.”
1st November 2015