Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

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    98 Nork Way,
    Banstead,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810
    steve@steve4epsom.com

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Lib Dems would give Surrey Police an extra £3.6 million a year

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 19 May 2017

The Liberal Democrats have announced that we would boost investment in police forces by £300 million a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives, who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May, as Home Secretary, and now Prime Minister, has cut policing budgets by over £2 billion, eroding the very fabric of community policing.

Under the Lib Dems, Surrey Police would see a funding increase of £3,630,000 a year. This could be used to restore a visible policing presence in the community and ensure that the police have the training and tools to deal with the changing nature of crime.

This investment in our police force is absolutely vital. Under Theresa May, both as Home Secretary and as Prime Minister, our police have had to deal with the most brutal of cuts. These are now cutting to the bone.

The police work tirelessly to keep us safe and this Government have completely betrayed them. Our councillors know first-hand just how weak the local police team now is. We all know they are no longer out and about in the community.

Only the Lib Dems have a credible plan to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and ensure the police have the resources they need to keep us safe.

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Lib Dem General Election Manifesto 2017 published

Posted by Steve Gee on Wednesday 17 May 2017

The Lib Dem General Election Manifesto 2017 was published this morning.

Read the full contents here.

At a glance:

Tim Farron

1. Standing up for Britain’s place in Europe

The choices Theresa May is making will affect your life – your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety – for decades. That’s why we think you should have the final say, via a referendum, on any Brexit deal.

And if you don’t like how the deal shapes up, you should have the choice to remain in the EU.

2. Proper funding for our NHS and social care

Our National Health Service is on the brink of collapse and Theresa May doesn’t care.

The Lib Dems will save the NHS from crisis.

We will spend 1p in the pound of Income Tax on NHS and social care services, prioritising mental health care and limiting care costs for the elderly.

Tim Farron

3. Equality in education

Conservative school cuts mean that children’s chances are too often determined by their parents’ income.

We will support our young people by investing an extra £7.5bn in education, by opposing new grammar schools, and by ensuring that per-pupil budgets grow if class sizes do.

4. A prosperous and fair economy

Britain needs an economy that creates jobs and opportunities.

We will boost the economy with a major programme of capital investment aimed at stimulating growth across the UK.

We’ll also double innovation and research spending, ensuring Britain is a global business leader, now and in the future.

Tim Farron

5. A green Britain

Climate change and air pollution threaten our future.

We will invest to find new ways to protect the planet and boost the economy at the same time.

We will prevent 40,000 premature deaths a year by cutting air pollution and more than double the production of green electricity to 60% by 2030.

6. Standing up for families and communities

We believe that society as a whole is better when families flourish economically and socially.

We will reach a house-building target of 300,000 homes a year by 2022, extend free childcare to all two-year-olds, and reduce the price of bus travel for the 16 to 21 year olds by two-thirds.

Tim Farron

7. Standing up for human rights and justice

We believe that every person is entitled to the same opportunity to succeed in life.

We aim to reduce inequality, fight discrimination and protect freedom.

We will oppose any attempts to leave the European Convention on Human Rights and offer a sanctuary to 3000 unaccompanied refugee children by 2022.

8. An internationalist, progressive world

We will continue to work with our global partners to champion human rights, help the poorest people, and protect our citizens.

We will focus on fighting the rising tides of nationalism and isolationism, and suspending arms sales to countries with poor human rights records.

9. A fair, open electoral system

People should have power over their own lives and how their country is run. We would give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, and introduce proportional representation for Westminster and local elections.

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U-turn snap election leads to unprecedented growth

Posted by Steve Gee on Sunday 7 May 2017

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Theresa May’s U-turn and snap election may have taken most people by surprise, but even more surprising has been the effect on Lib Dem party membership.

Applications from new members have come in so thick and fast that it has sometimes been a struggle to keep up with them all.

Nevertheless, numerous new members have got stuck straight in, helping with the county council elections on May 4 in preparation for the General Election on 8 June.

In the local Epsom & Ewell party our numbers have more than doubled since the last General Election and a similar trend nationally has led to the announcement that our membership is now at its highest ever since the party was founded.

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“Self-inflicted wound”

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 24 June 2016

Tim Farron has said that this “self-inflicted wound” will be David Cameron’s legacy as he commented on the Prime Minister’s resignation.

12 months ago David Cameron had the best result of his career. Today, the worst.

I was honoured to share a platform with the Prime Minster on this campaign, but this result, this self-inflicted wound, will be his legacy.

There have been many things I did not agree with the Prime Minister on, but I must thank him for his stewardship of the country and for the way he took the very bold decision to create a Coalition Government in 2010. It was an incredible act of bi-partisan cooperation.

The result of the referendum has left him with no choice. In this immediate period, the Government must act quickly to steady the economy, reassure the markets, and immediately set a new course.

Greater instability will lead to job uncertainty, falling investment, and greater pressure on public services.

There is no doubt this is going to be an incredibly testing, difficult and fractious time.

David Cameron has become the latest Conservative leader to fall victim to his party’s dangerous obsession with Europe. The Conservatives’ political maneuvering has taken our country to the brink, and today we have toppled over the edge.

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EU Referendum – Vote Remain IN the EU

Posted by Steve Gee on Sunday 19 June 2016

Referendum IN standCampaigning was suspended this weekend, in tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.

This photo shows the Lib Dem stall in Epsom earlier in the campaign.

You can download our EU campaign leaflet here.

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Steve Gee – The Contender

Posted by Steve Gee on Monday 23 February 2015

By Sarah Richardson in Building

Steve Gee
Steve Gee is not a man to shy away from a challenge. Not content with being the boss of QS John Rowan, Steve is standing as Liberal Democrat candidate for his local constituency of Epsom & Ewell. Building is joining him on the campaign trail.

The managing director of 100-strong QS John Rowan & Partners has steered the company through two recessions – including a 1990s crash which left the practice with just five staff, who alongside their surveying work had to clean the office toilets because they couldn’t afford extra help. In 2011, after discussions with staff who hail from New Zealand, he offered his practice’s services to help rebuild Christchurch following an earthquake that killed 185 people. At the time, most other construction firms backed away from the troubled £14bn programme amid wrangling over insurance claims and political inertia.

Gee’s next test, however, is arguably an even taller order – and certainly comes from a more unexpected quarter. The 54-year-old surveyor, a construction industry lifer, has thrown his hat into the ring as an MP candidate in Epsom & Ewell. Standing as the Liberal Democrat hopeful, he will fight the seat against, among others, justice secretary Chris Grayling – who has a 29% majority. Gee also, somewhat ambitiously, plans to do this around his day job – taking just a relatively short “holiday” of a month in the run-up to the 7 May election itself.

For Gee, his campaign, first and foremost, is a chance to draw attention to policies he passionately believes in, on behalf of a party to which he has belonged for the past 15 years. But for others in the industry, his decision to stand presents the chance to see how a man who has spent all his working life in construction copes with the very different world of politics – a world which exerts so much influence over the industry and yet frequently seems incapable of understanding it. It also offers the opportunity to witness first-hand how issues affecting the sector are tackled away from the headlines – in the far more unpredictable world of local hustings, canvassing and sometimes belligerent voters.

So, for a slightly different perspective on the run-up to the election, Building is joining Gee on his campaign trail, following his progress as he bids to take construction to Westminster – quite literally.

A lifelong interest in politics

Gee’s decision to stand as a parliamentary candidate might seem unorthodox for a man who, as the head of a business, has more than enough work to fill his days. This is especially so given he is not under any illusions about the likelihood of his success in a seat where Grayling’s Conservatives hold such a large majority over the Lib Dems, who last time out took 27% of the vote to Grayling’s 56%. “I wouldn’t be upset if I caused an upset – I’d love to do it,” Gee says with a smile. “But our first target is to continue to be second.”

In reality, Gee’s candidacy has been driven by a combination of a lifelong interest in politics and a conjunction of circumstances in his local party. He has been a Liberal Democrat member since 2000 and says he is a lifelong Social Democratic Party and Lib Dem voter – apart from in his first election in 1979, when he uncharacteristically voted for Margaret Thatcher (“to my shame”, he winces). He was keen to become actively involved, but chose not to go down the route of council politics – “national politics always interested me more” – and soon after joining the party went through a selection process to be placed on its approved candidate list for parliamentary elections.

He stood in 2005 in Wimbledon, in a seat which he thought was below the radar, but was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when the Lib Dems – which had previously put up a candidate to oppose the Conservatives but not really fought against Labour in the constituency – decided to contest it on the basis of disagreement with the Iraq war. “Labour pleaded with me not to fight them on it,” he recalls.

Gee and his party stood their ground, but were rewarded with a surprise national media onslaught when prime minister Tony Blair and his deputy, Gordon Brown, launched their “Vote Lib Dem, get a Tory” campaign in the hitherto unremarkable constituency. “It was the one day off I’d taken in the campaign, and I had to rush back there,” says Gee. Sky TV had requested an interview, and Gee dutifully turned up to Millbank, by himself and with no media training, expecting a five-minute slot. What greeted him, as he battled past the entourages of his fellow candidates, was very different. “I was rushed into make-up and put on the Adam Boulton show,” he says. “I’d only been given radio training, I didn’t even know where to look for the cameras. No one in the Lib Dems had thought the candidate for Wimbledon would end up on the TV.”

After this baptism of fire – which ended in a third place finish but an increased share of the vote – Gee chose not to stand in 2010, due to pressures of work. However, he remained an approved candidate and continued to be “heavily involved” with his local party. So this time round, when the Lib Dems needed a candidate in his local constituency, he was the obvious choice. The fact that Epsom & Ewell is also holding local elections in May increased the pressure on the party to find a trusted candidate to battle Grayling despite his large majority, as parliamentary campaigns usually lend credence and resource to the local ones.

The campaign begins…

When Gee and I meet for coffee on what is effectively the first day of his public campaign, he hands me a draft leaflet, hastily pulled together ahead of a hustings he is due to take part in – and which Building will be watching – at Epsom College that evening. It picks out “further income tax cuts for ordinary workers” and “ring-fenced money for schools” as key campaign issues, along with a pledge to increase health spending by £8bn a year. The leaflet also pledges that with Lib Dems in government “action will be taken to cut carbon dioxide emissions,” cheekily drawing a direct comparison with David Cameron’s reported instruction to aides 15 months ago to “cut the green crap” from policies.

The issue of sustainability is clearly one campaign area where Gee’s professional knowledge can come into play, and the leaflet also nods to his construction interests by using a picture of two hard-hatted (presumably “ordinary”) workers to illustrate his tax cut pledge. Gee says that his campaign hasn’t directly focused on construction issues in its early days, but “that doesn’t mean it won’t”. He cites the Liberal Democrats’ aim to increase housebuilding as the major area where there is likely to be cross-over with his industry interests, saying that it is his job to explain to people that while the Lib Dems are in favour of “local debate”, these homes are “vital for the economy” and they “have to go somewhere”.

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This is likely to be a difficult task. “Normally the debate is about people not wanting housing in their local area, and some of the local residents fight like hell and want to know what you’re going to do to stop it,” says Gee. “So I have to tread a line. If everyone sits round and agrees these targets can be met without building in back gardens, then fine, but even though our policy is about local people, it is also Lib Dem policy to build 300,000 homes a year by 2020. Locally, I’ve been saying it’s vital for the economy, and it’s vital for people who work in [nearby] London.”

Gee says that when he replies to constituents on issues like this, the fact he works in construction often comes up as he replies “with some knowledge”. Another way in which his day job has prepared him for the pressures of his campaign is in public speaking: “Because of my position in the company, it’s not unusual for me to be speaking in front of a crowd of people.”

This public speaking is put to stern test later, when Gee takes part in his first hustings of the campaign, going head to head with Chris Grayling and the Labour, UKIP and Green candidates in front of an invited audience of sixth formers from six local schools (see below).

But for Gee, the chance to hold Grayling to account is an aspect of the campaign he is particularly relishing. And he says events of this type are his favourite part of campaigning. “I like debates and thinking on my feet, even if it is the most stressful aspect.”

Knocking on doors

This stands in contrast to canvassing. “It’s not that it isn’t good to meet the electors,” he insists. “It’s just a real slog, knocking on doors.” He pauses. “And getting generally abused by some people.” He recounts a particularly painful encounter in Wimbledon in which he was “chased down a garden path” by a woman who took exception to his Liberal Democrat badge, shouting at him that he was “pro abortion”. “I tried to argue back that I believed it was a matter of conscience, but she wouldn’t have it.”

Another challenge is the level of email correspondence Gee is already getting, with constituents challenging candidates’ views on a sometimes bewildering array of topics, and candidates having to express their opinion without compromising their party’s position. “The other Sunday night I had to talk about euthanasia, abortion, and Palestine,” says Gee. “I’m quite pro-Palestine, and I was answering all these questions and then I thought I’d better actually go and check I hadn’t conflicted with the party.” He adds, though, that even though replying to mails is “quite literally taking my every waking hour when I’m not working”, at least it’s better than the days when most contact with voters was over the phone. “In Wimbledon I had a guy phone up who asked at length about my stance on hunting. I did point out it probably wasn’t a big issue in Wimbledon.”

Finding the time to engage with the more demanding members of the electorate is inevitably going to become more of a pressure for Gee over the coming months. He has taken the decision not to relinquish his professional responsibilities while he carries out his campaign, which he says at the moment is being done in evenings and weekends. He is planning on taking leave for “most” of the four weeks before the election, leaving the day-to-day business in the hands of his deputy, but points out that that’s equivalent to what some would take as holiday. And rather than being in the Bahamas, if he is needed, “I’ll just be down the road in Epsom”.

What if he wins?

Unlikely though a triumph may be, Gee says John Rowan does have a plan should he pull off a coup come May. “We do have a plan, though we’re not assuming we’ll have to action it,” he says. “I would stay involved if I became an MP, but my day-to-day management would be handed over. I’d be more of a figurehead.”
He smiles faintly at this thought. For now though, as Gee heads back to John Rowan’s office to sign off a bid submission, there’s a balancing act to pull off. “I was just thinking I hadn’t prepared enough for the hustings this evening”, he says as he shuffles his papers into his briefcase. “But there’s still a couple of hours.

On the campaign trail: Gee’s first hustings

As the night draws in and the five candidates for Epsom & Ewell arrive for the first test of their mettle, it turns out that gaining entry to Epsom College is a challenge that may fell at least one at the first hurdle. The building where the five will be put through their paces by local sixth formers and their guests is a Hogwarts-esque establishment with a baffling number of entrances and car parks. After effectively stalking a small group of students through the darkness, Building is rescued by a friendly religious studies teacher, who explains that the candidates are “enjoying” 15 minutes of drinks with their young questioners, and we are ushered into an imposing lecture hall to await their arrival.

Hall at Epsom College

Source: Nick Cunard

The hall is filled with around 200 young people, drawn from local sixth forms, with a few parents and party representatives to boot. At 7.30pm sharp, the candidates march through from the back of the hall to take their seats for the panel debate. Proceedings are got under way by a particularly precocious pupil, who does his best to entertain his peers with some questionable student humour (“This is the Green candidate. So please turn off the lights when you leave”). Questions are to be fielded by a student chair, with an ominously lurid looking timer set to limit the time any one candidate has to respond (according to the religious studies teacher, it looked slightly broken earlier, but she “has faith” it won’t let us down).

Candidates

Source: Nick Cunard

Once the candidates have been introduced, the questions kick in. The first, over whether the UK needs a longer term policy environment, tees Steve Gee up nicely to talk about his professional experiences, and he makes the point that infrastructure spending “needs cross-party support” and a long-term plan. The Greens’ Susan McGrath points out that climate change is also a prime example of a problem where “a five-year term doesn’t allow us to address issues”. UKIP candidate Robert Leach, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to describe Crossrail as an “excellent project that will be continued under a UKIP government”. Just in case you were wondering.

As the questioning progresses, it’s clear that Gee – and indeed the other candidates – have Grayling in their sights. The justice secretary is by a fair measure the most polished of the five, delivering his answers with all the assuredness – and hand gestures – that you would expect from one used to the debating chambers of Westminster. But his rivals for the seat do not miss an opportunity to try to direct the students’ sympathies away from him (“I’d ask Chris Grayling which human rights he wishes to remove from you all”, is Gee’s retort at one point, in reference to the Conservatives’ pledge to allow parliament to veto rulings by the European Court of Human Rights).

For Grayling’s part, despite his majority, he says that he “does not believe in safe seats”, and engages willingly in the ensuing hour and a half-long debate – which covers issues from taxation, to the environment, to gay marriage. He also entertainingly interrupts at one point to refute an apparently bizarre accusation from UKIP’s Leach that the UK has been spending money which could be used to address inequality on funding Chinese space programmes (“It’s not even about space – it’s that we don’t actually give money to China”).

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As the discussion progresses, the audience become increasingly engaged with the candidates, and give the first applause of the night for Labour’s Sheila Carlson’s suggestion that the government’s bedroom tax has fuelled a rise in poverty which has led to food banks being present in Epsom for the first time. As the candidates warm to their topics, the applause becomes more frequent. Gee gets his fair share – notably for his final answer, an emotive discussion of inequality which acknowledges that “parties of all colours” have not done enough to address the problem in the past.

Afterwards, despite the odd moment of awkwardness (notably when Grayling says “I’d like to remind Stephen we have been in coalition together for the past several years”), Gee can be pleased with his performance in front of an audience who – even though not all yet of voting age – knew their stuff and, with the confidence and clarity of youth, were not afraid to show it.

But the one issue Gee had prepped most for, being sure it would come up – tuition fees – was strangely absent from the debate.

Building will be following Gee’s progress throughout the campaign on http://www.building.co.uk/2015election

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The HSBC Tax Scandal

Posted by Steve Gee on Monday 16 February 2015

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It is a disgrace that so many big companies are avoiding paying tax in the countries in which they earn income and this has a real effect in times of austerity on the level of cuts in benefits that the poorest in society have had to bear.

It is a great social injustice and something that has to be tackled if we are to create a fairer society. As a party we have just made proposals to raise £8bn of taxes in the next parliament which will include only raising it from the wealthiest in society and from companies that aren’t paying their fair share. So our proposals are fully in line with a principle of eliminating Tax Dodging as we move forward.

I was shocked to hear media reports claiming that HSBC helped thousands of wealthy clients avoid tax from countries all over the world and that members of the Tory party seem to think that this isn’t an issue but just what “everyone does”.

Since 2010, the Government has closed many of the loopholes exposed in the report and specifically taken action to get back money lost in Swiss bank accounts. HMRC has systematically worked through all the HSBC data that it has received and has brought in more than £135m in tax, interest and penalties from tax evaders who hid assets in Swiss HSBC accounts. But there is still much more to do.

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That is why I’m pleased that Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has made tackling tax avoidance a top priority and has made progress on many of the issues you raise. Since coming into Government in 2010 he has led a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion that is closing loopholes and making more people pay up.

Liberal Democrats in Government have already made over forty changes to the law to close loopholes and make big strategic changes to the way tax is collected to ensure fewer people slip through the net.

The changes we have made include:

  1. the introduction of a General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR);
  2. strengthening the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime;
  3. introducing a tougher monitoring regime and penalties for high-risk promoters of tax avoidance schemes;
  4. giving Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the power to collect disputed tax bills up front (thus removing the incentive for tax avoiders to delay and frustrate HMRC’s efforts to settle disputes);
  5. clamping down on Stamp Duty tax avoidance with a new range of measures.

Another big change was to invest almost £1bn in HMRC to tackle tax avoidance, recruiting 2,500 extra members of staff to work on tackling tax avoidance and opening a new Large Business Directorate last year to deal specifically with the tax affairs of the 2,100 largest firms in the UK. Part of their work will be to enforce the new Diverted Profits Tax, which will counter the use of aggressive tax planning methods used by some big firms to divert their profits to areas with very low rates of tax. We hope this tax will yield an extra £1.35bn over the next five years.

I am also pleased that we have worked internationally to tackle tax avoidance and that this was one of the main goals of the UK’s presidency of the G8 group of nations.

During our presidency, we won G8 agreement on transparency on the real owners of businesses, as well as getting the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to develop a country-by-country reporting template for multinationals to report profit and tax information. Over 90 countries are signed up to the new International Comprehensive Report Standards, closing down options for tax cheats, while around £2bn in previously unpaid tax has been brought in from our new agreements with Switzerland and Lichtenstein alone.

There is clearly much more to do at home and abroad, but I am proud of the work that Liberal Democrats have done in Government to close loopholes and force tax cheats to pay more of their fair share. Thanks to the steps we have taken, the tax yield for this year will be around £9bn more than when we came into Government in 2010.

Going forward, Liberal Democrats are determined not to let up in the fight against tax cheats. If we are in Government again our aim is to make progress on this agenda in every Budget and Autumn Statement of the next Parliament. We will continue to invest in HMRC, as we have done in Government, to enable them to do more to tackle tax evasion and avoidance. We will also introduce a range of other measures, including a General Anti-Avoidance Rule, which goes much further than the current anti-abuse rule. We will seek to extend the requirement for country-by-country reporting from banks and extractive industries to cover all UK listed companies.

The majority of these proposals will be introduced through the annual Finance Bill, allowing us to take regular action throughout the Parliament.

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The Liberal Democrats’ five priorities for the next five years

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 12 February 2015

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The Liberal Democrats have unveiled the party’s five priorities for the next five years.

These five priorities set out the Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

1. Prosperity for all 

Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that’s why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low-carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

2. Fair taxes 

Creating a fairer society by cutting income tax by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500.

3. Quality healthcare for all

Creating a fairer society by properly funding our world-class public services by investing in them as the economy grows. This means making sure the NHS has the extra £8bn a year it needs by 2020. Ending the stigma around mental health and putting it on equal footing with physical is vital to building a fairer society.

4. Opportunity for every child

Protecting the education budget from cradle to college, so that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, from nursery school to higher education. Giving children the best start in life by making sure there is a qualified teacher in every class.

5. Our environment protected

Protecting the environment so that future generations are not left paying for the mistakes of the generations before them. Fighting climate change with five Green Laws.

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Labour’s cheek at criticising apprenticeships

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 6 February 2015

Labour’s stance on apprenticeships once again prove they cannot be trusted to build a stronger economy.

Today (Friday 6 February) they criticised the coalition’s record on creating apprenticeships, even though there are now more apprentices than ever before.

In fact there are more than 85 per cent more apprentices in schemes in England than there were under Labour.
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What’s more is that last March Labour called Intermediate (level 2) Apprenticeships “deadweight” and proposed scrapping the scheme.

In government Liberal Democrats have created 2m apprenticeships, enabling young people boost their skills and gain valuable work experience.

Jordan is one of the many apprentices to have benefited from the scheme.

Liberal Democrats care about giving people alternative routes to skills and education and this means ending the false apartheid between higher education and vocational education.

Vince Cable has fought hard to prevent decimating cuts from the further education budget which the Conservatives would have been happy to slash.

Only the Liberal Democrats are working towards a stronger economy and a fairer society.

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The Liberal Democrats will finish the job and finish it fairly

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 5 February 2015

The Liberal Democrats have set out their strategy for delivering a balanced budget in the next Parliament.

On 5 February Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander outlined the Liberal Democrats’ plans to finish the job of balancing the books by 2017/18, through a mix of tax rises and spending cuts, ensuring that the job is finished fairly.

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This balanced approach means the Liberal Democrats can protect vital public services like schools and hospitals while also looking after the most vulnerable in our society.

The Liberal Democrats will finish the job of balancing the books while protecting vital public services. This will require increasing taxes on the very wealthiest and ensuring big businesses pay their fair share.

The plans outlined do not require any increase in the headline rates of taxation, income tax, national insurance, VAT or corporation tax.

As well as finishing the job of balancing the books, the Liberal Democrats will continue to protect NHS funding and the international aid budget.

The Liberal Democrats will also protect the education spending from cradle to college and will also maintain the triple lock on the State Pension.

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