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Brentford & Isleworth Liberal Democrats select Joe Bourke as their candidate for the General Election on 8 June 2017

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  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "There is a mounting sense that the government could be defeated if it does not immediately pause the roll-out of Universal Credit.

    "The roll-out has been an utter failure so far, with many claimants waiting over two months for their first payment and some relying on loans to survive. Rent arrears among universal credit claimants are also through the roof.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017

    Following on from Johnson's reprimand from the head of the UK Statistics Authority due to his repeated peddling of the discredited £350 million a week for the NHS figure, Tom Brake has called for the PM to investigate whether Boris has breached the Ministerial Code on three fronts

    • Breaching collective responsibility by openly criticising the government

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017

    "The EU's four freedoms - of goods, services, capital and people - have underpinned British prosperity for the past 40 years. Yet the Conservatives' extreme Brexit will deprive us from all four, making us poorer.

    "Meanwhile, Conservative attempts to build new trade relationships in a post-Brexit world have been rebuffed with the Boeing row underlying just how hard it will be to strike a trade deal with America.

    "Far from thriving, business is struggling under Theresa May's premiership as Britain slips ever further down the growth league.

    "I am proud that the Liberal Democrat policy of independence for the Bank of England twenty years ago - the subject of my maiden speech - has increased growth and prosperity. Sadly government policy is now pushing Britain in the opposite direction, towards fortresses and economic downturns."

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017

    "Michel Barnier's statement that we are 'months' away from even starting substantive Brexit negotiations shows that Theresa May's Florence speech was a flop, that David Davis is dangerously delusional about the level of progress that is being made, and that the government is still scandalously lacking a Brexit plan.

    "The greater the uncertainty, the more the economy will flounder and the more vital workers will quit the UK.

    "Brexit is a mess made in Westminster by the Conservatives. The time is ticking, on the deadline before we leave and on the last remaining shreds of this government's credibility. We need to stay in the single market and the customs union, and we need to give the people a vote on the final deal."

  • Article: Sep 27, 2017

    "Jeremy Corbyn has once again confirmed he is one of Brexit's biggest cheerleaders.

    "Corbyn and the Labour leadership have clearly decided they don't want to discuss Brexit, which is an appalling abdication of responsibility on the major issue of the day.

    "It's all very well for them to talk about properly funding our NHS, but the fact is our public services are going to seriously suffer if the public finances continue to deteriorate due to the Labour and Tory vision of Brexit, ripping us out of the single market and customs union.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats will offer the country an exit from Brexit, giving the British the final say on the deal in a referendum."

  • Article: Sep 27, 2017

    "It's 2017; this is welcome but decades overdue. Of course it is good news for women in Saudi Arabia, but they continue to face oppression, such as the guardianship laws that put men in control of women's lives.

    "This news must not be allowed to act as a smokescreen to distract from Saudi's most recent crackdown on human rights and freedom of expression, and the international community must also keep up the pressure on Saudi Arabia to give women equal rights and protection."

  • Article: Sep 27, 2017

    "Rather than simply expressing 'bitter disappointment', our government should be out there fighting for vital British manufacturing jobs in Belfast.

    "May must support Trudeau's administration in standing up to protectionist bullying from Donald Trump and his crude 'America First' philosophy.

    "Do we really believe the US will save us from Brexit with a comprehensive trade deal, when this is how they deal with fair and free international competition?"

  • Article: Sep 26, 2017

    "I welcome signs from top Labour people that they are willing to join the Liberal Democrats in giving the people a referendum on the facts, at the end of the Brexit process.

    "An exit from Brexit is still possible, and only by working across party lines can we make that happen.

    "Corbyn and the Labour leadership must stop dithering and join our call to ensure that the people, not politicians, have the final say over the future of their country."

  • Article: Sep 26, 2017

    "The Labour Party are right to prepare for economic collapse should they get into government. Their endorsement of Brexit, including taking the UK out of the Single Market is economically illiterate.

    "But the Conservatives are no better. They have already overseen a collapse in business investment and a crash in the value of the pound. The idea that their plan for Brexit is any better is laughable.

    "As long as both Labour and the Conservatives keep driving us towards an extreme Brexit, the UK economy will suffer a car crash whichever of them is holding the wheel."

  • Article: Sep 26, 2017

    "It is disappointing, but not at all surprising, that the Labour Party seems intent on putting petty political point scoring ahead of the opportunity to genuinely help millions of vulnerable older people. We already know more than a million people are not getting social care they need, and this is only set to get worse as politicians in Westminster fail to act. Shouting at each other doesn't get older people the care they need.