Latest inflation figures: The Govt must slash VAT now

Responding to the latest ONS figures which saw inflation increase to 9.1% in May, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

"Rishi Sunak is standing by while millions of people suffer from eye-watering levels of inflation - he either hasn't got any sense or any heart to not intervene.

"This Chancellor has hiked taxes time and time again, refusing to slash them to help with the cost of living emergency. Even when we know slashing VAT is a sure-fire way to help families while keeping inflation under control. 

"Instead, the Chancellor, his Prime Minister and his colleagues continue to sit on their hands while the country suffers, they are not fit for purpose."

Yorkshire Water makes staggering £241.4 million profit despite dumping sewage in Harrogate and Knaresborough’s rivers

New analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed Britain’s nine water companies made a total £2.8bn in combined operating profits last year. Yorkshire Water, which dumps sewage in local rivers/coastline, made an operating profit of £241 million last year. Figures published last year in the media confirm scale of the problem, with raw sewage discharged into rivers within the district 3,800 times. The water companies making billions in profit were responsible for nearly 400,000 sewage dumping events in 2020 alone, according to the Environment Agency. 

The Liberal Democrats are demanding a ‘Sewage Tax’ of 16% on water companies to create an emergency fund for cleaning up rivers.

Cllr Hannah Gostlow, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Scriven Park said:

"Rivers should be safe for sustaining wildlife, swimming and leisure. They are a precious source of drinking water for some. So why are they filled with raw sewage and human waste, destroying them for decades to come? It is disgraceful to see a company which pollutes our local rivers with sewage make so much money last year. I think Yorkshire Water should pay to clean up the mess they make here. This Conservative Government is once again too slow to act and doing nothing to protect our local rivers.

It is outrageous to see Conservative MPs betraying our local communities and environment in Parliament. Our rivers are being polluted on a daily basis by water companies, showing a complete disregard for our environment. Enough is enough. We need action before our local rivers and becks are ruined for good. We have launched a petition calling for Yorkshire Water to clean up its mess”

You can sign it here 

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said: “Given their poor record on sewage, the water industry’s staggering profit numbers will alarm millions of people who care about our environment. A big chunk of these profits should have been reinvested to protect Britain’s streams and rivers, instead of letting disgusting sewage dumps continue. The whole thing stinks. Our precious rivers, beaches and chalk streams are under threat from these sewage dumps continue. The whole thing stinks.

“Our precious rivers, beaches and chalk streams are under threat from these sewage offences. Conservative Ministers are sitting on their hands and just letting water companies get away with it. It is time to act. The water companies should pay to clean up their mess and Ministers should pass the laws to make it happen”

PM must go now

Matt Walker, Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrats in Harrogate and Knaresborough wrote to Andrew Jones MP, Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough last night urging him to join the calls for Boris Johnson’s resignation.  

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It's Time To Invest In Green Space And Infrastructure

Local Liberal Democrats are fighting to invest in what brings communities together and helps them thrive, after what has been a very difficult year.

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REVEALED: Spiralling Costs Of 15 Years Of Conservative Rule

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In Memory of Geoff Webber

It is with great sadness that Bilton & Nidd Gorge councillor, Geoff Webber, passed away on Thursday 11th March.

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Harrogate Borough Council Needs To Provide Answers On Knaresborough Pool

Knaresborough Liberal Democrats have written to Harrogate Borough Council pushing for the town’s swimming pool to be opened as soon as possible.

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Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government’s insulting pay cut for NHS staff.

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Councillor Pat Marsh Resigns from Climate Coalition, Citing "Talking Shop Committee"

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Liberal Democrats Secure Real Living Wage

Local Liberal Democrats councillors successfully secured a commitment to the introduction of a real living wage of £9.50 per hour for all council employees.

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